By: Kristin Hunter-Thomson
Looking for ways to incorporate data on biodiversity into your unit?
Check out the USGS’ Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON). There spatial mapping interface and downloadable data enable you to “explore & download U.S. species occurrence data & maps.” You can filter/refine your search to:
- specific geographic regions of the terrestrial and marine areas of the United States,
- who provided the data,
- higher level taxa (e.g., insects, fish, amphipods), or
- specific year ranges of interest.
Use these data for your biodiversity lessons to explore:
- regional similarities and differences in biodiversity,
- changes over time to the biodiversity, or
- change over different spatial scales (e.g., country, state, county) to biodiversity.
The data can also be used to explore patterns in higher level taxa and/or individual species.
Help your students dive into biodiversity data today!
** If you are interested in comparing U.S. biodiversity to other areas, consider also looking at Ireland’s National Biodiversity Data Centre’s website.