Map of UC NRS locations with UCB's four field stations
UC Berkeley has six reserves and field stations, four of which (Angelo Coast Range Reserve, Blue Oak Ranch Reserve, and Hastings Natural History Reservation, and Sagehen Creek Field Station) were the focus of the Ecoengine's first efforts in integrating species lists with specimen data.
We uncovered 70 current and historic species check lists accounting for nearly 3,000 occurance events from across the four stations. These lists range from the 1930s to present day and span multiple taxa - insects, birds, plants, fungi, and more. These species lists were a high priority for our digitization; they are typically detailed, providing a long record of occurrences at specific sites. To integrate UC Natural Reserve System (NRS) data into the Ecoengine, we created an online catalog system to compile them.
Ecoengine students databased, updated nomenclature, and georeferenced the species lists.
While searching the primary literature for the species lists, the Ecoengine partnered with the NRS to help revise and update its bibliography which can be accessed here.
Data sets from research done in the National Reserve System have also been digitized and cataloged. In our catalog, you will find metadata on climate and weather station measurements, studies on species occurences, surveys, trap lines, behavior, and habitat preferences, vegetation plot data, historic and current images, long-term monitoring experiments, graduate research and much more. The richness of these first-person accounts has proven especially critical to resurvey efforts that establish benchmarks from which we can measure the nature of recent global change (e.g., the NSF funded Grinnell Resurvey Project). For many of these datasets the basic metadata details are unknown (e.g., dates of sampling, experimental protocol, etc.) and the majority are not in digital form. We built an online metadata catalog to document and assess each dataset and are using this catalog to assess their value and priority for digitization. Some of these data are currently available in the ecoengine. The full data set is available through the Berkeley initiative on Global Change Biology (BiGCB) at BiGCB Informatics.