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Signs of Life: New Directions in Biodiversity Collections Research. An Interdisciplinary Symposium

Important biodiversity collections at MSU include vertebrates in the MSU Museum, the herbarium, arthropods and insects, the Beal Botanical Garden, and the MSU Arboretum. These collections are opening up vital new avenues for research and teaching, through new imaging technologies and genomic studies (including NextGen sequencing) and casting important light on local and global environmental dynamics, including climate change. These initiatives are enhanced through citizen science efforts using mobile apps and AI enhanced species identification, and through the visualization of large biodiversity datasets on the MSU Museum’s Science On a Sphere. Join us for Science On a Sphere programming, followed by a dynamic discussion among MSU researchers on new frontiers in collections-based research in the life sciences. Science On a Sphere Gallery 3:00 – 5:00 PM and Symposium 5:30 – 7:00 PM in the Entry Hall.

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