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The Role of Natural History Institutions and Bioinformatics in Conservation Biology

Drew Joshua Drew Joshua Drew
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Natural history institutions (museums, herbaria, zoos, aquaria, etc. whether privately owned or existing in conjunction with universities) and the collections they house play a large role in documenting species diver- sity. Historically, these collections were a rich source of data that ultimately fueled developments in biogeogra- phy and systematics and provided the intellectual frame- work for conservation biology (MacArthur & Wilson 1967; Mayr & Diamond 2001). Collections have also been influential in the application and development of bioinformatic resources such as integrated digital col- lection databases (Chakrabarty 2010; Pyke & Ehrlich 2010).

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