Field Museum Online Field Guides

The Field Museum of Natural History has developed a comprehensive collection of field guides to species from over 30 countries. Visitors can browse the guides by geographical regions and subject (plants, animals, fungi and lichens, and algae), as well as alphabetically by title.

They also include a step-by-step guide to creating your own field guide and uploading it to their collection, a form for requesting that they make a specific guide for you, and links to other identification tools.

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Map of Life’s new app: The world’s biodiversity in the palm of your hand

Read the full story from Yale University.

Never has knowledge of the world’s biodiversity knowledge been more at your fingertips, thanks to a new smartphone app: the Map of Life. No matter where you are, the app can tell you what species of plants and animals are nearby.

Building on the Map of Life’s unrivaled, integrated global database of everything from bumblebees to trees, the app tells users in an instant which species are likely to be found in their vicinity. Photos and text help users identify and learn more about what they see. The app also helps users create personal lists of observations and contribute those to scientific research and conservation efforts.

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Funding for Research in Sustainable Solid Waste Management

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) is soliciting scientific research proposals for their Research in Sustainable Solid Waste Management program.  The program seeks to fund projects on waste minimization, recycling, waste conversion, diversion strategies, and landfilling.  Past awards have ranged from $15,000 to $500,000.  Proposals are accepted twice per year in January and July.  The next proposal submission deadline is July 15.

NOTE:  Although education is a primary mission of EREF, the above funding opportunity focuses on research.  Ideas for educational projects can be explored with EREF directly by phone or email to EREF at (919) 861-6876 ext. 102 or

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Illinois Water Day 2015 April 10

wwd_130px_0The second annual Illinois Water Day takes place this Friday, April 10, from 1pm-5pm in the NCSA Lobby.  Scheduled events are free and include a screening of Cowspiracy, a panel discussion, and a poster session.  Light refreshments will be served during the poster session.    Advance registration is requested.

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2015 EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study

Open date:  April 8, 2015  –  Close Date: May 26, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the posting of the Request for Applications, 2015 EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study with the goal of offering Graduate Fellowships for master’s and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study. Subject to availability of funding and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 55 new fellowships in the Fall of 2015. Master’s level students may receive a maximum of two years of support ($88,000). Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years ($132,000), usable over a period of five years.

Supporting these fellowship grants is in line with the Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Research Program. EPA’s SHC Research Program provides useful science and tools for decision makers at all levels to help communities advance sustainability as well as achieve regulatory compliance. SHC is collaborating with partners to conduct research that will result in science-based knowledge to guide decisions that will better sustain a healthy society and environment in America’s communities.  The research is intended for decision-makers at the federal, regional, state and community levels.

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Midwest initiative funds digital collection of Great Lakes environmental history

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo.

The environmental history of the Great Lakes Basin will be digitally documented thanks to a $75,000 grant recently awarded to the University of Michigan.

Paul Conway, a U-M associate professor of information,  received the grant through Humanities Without Walls’ Global Midwest initiative. It supports collaborative research on the region’s cultural and economic history.

The Humanities Without Walls group is based at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The project aims to collect digital aspects of Great Lakes environmental history in one place. The web-based tool intends to make research and learning about the area more efficient.

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Graduate Scholarships in Solid Waste Research Available for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is one of the largest sources of solid waste research funding in the U.S., allocating approximately $1 million annually in research grants and graduate level scholarships.

Thus far, over 50 students have been EREF scholars, many of whom are now in key academic and professional positions across the U.S.

EREF is pleased to announce that scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available. The application deadline is May 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm (eastern).

Applications will be considered from those who:

  • will be this year or are now a full-time master’s student, doctoral student or post-doctoral researcher, and
  • have a clearly demonstrated interest in solid waste management research. EREF defines solid waste management to pertain to municipal solid waste, construction & demolition waste, industrial waste (e.g. coal ash), WTE ash, etc. Note this definition does not include agricultural wastes or wastewater treatment plant sludge.

Scholarships recognize graduate students pursuing excellence in solid waste management research and education. Recipients are chosen based on credentials and potential contributions to the solid waste industry and its scientific community. Awards are based on:

  • Academic performance
  • Professional experience
  • Relevance of one’s work to the advancement of solid waste management science
  • Potential for success

Award amounts consider the cost of tuition at the recipient’s institution and any other funds received. Full scholarships may not be awarded to students who will be receiving full-tuition scholarships from other sources (excluding direct university assistance such as tuition remission or assistantship income) but may still be considered for partial awards.

Doctoral and post-doctoral scholarships are awarded up to a minimum of $12,000 per year and paid monthly. Doctoral/post-doctoral scholarships are renewable each year to a maximum of three years from the initial award date. Master’s scholarships are awarded up to a minimum of $5,000 per year and renewable each year to a maximum of two years from the initial award date. Scholarship renewal is dependent upon satisfactory progress as determined by the student’s academic advisor.

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Call For Applications: 2015 NWF EcoLeader Graduate Student Research Fellowships

NWF is seeking graduate students in the U.S. to conduct and test market research and business planning and assist with content development for the new NWF EcoLeaders online community. There will be two track options for the Fellowship, Market Research and Content Development. Applications are due February 25.

The Market Research track fellows will conduct researching and testing for NWF EcoLeaders, selecting among priority market segments, including one or more of the following:  student government, journalism, business, education, fraternities and sororities, etc. Based on their findings, the Fellows will develop and test at least two suggested plans for improving our efforts and in the process of their research will recruit a minimum of 25 new EcoLeaders to the site each.

The content development track fellows will focus on developing new and supporting content for the EcoLeaders site building out resource offerings on current “Eco-Topic” pages and recognition pages and developing content for new Eco-Topic pages including Outdoor Recreation, Climate Adaptation and the Career and Leadership Center.

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Call for papers: Water in the World: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Access and Sustainability

Water in the World: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Access and Sustainability
November 6-7, 2015 @ Winthrop University
Rock Hill, South Carolina

The conference focuses on the uses, politics, art, history, and economics of water worldwide. It is open to faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, activists, and community professionals.

Examples of possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • The privatization of water
  • Climate change
  • Development goals and their water implications
  • Water security and insecurity
  • The politics and economics of water reuse
  • Capacity building
  • Food, water, and the environment
  • Art and design contributions to water management
  • Financing and investment schemes
  • Historical droughts and floods
  • Climate justice, ethical, cultural and religious values
  • The role of water in post-conflict peace building
  • The impact of water policy on the poor
  • Creative solutions to water challenges
  • Water in creative practice
  • Media coverage of water issues
  • Perceptions of risk and water quality issues

Papers will be reviewed for connections to the theme and an interdisciplinary approach to the subject.
For more information on the Winthrop University Water Conference and for conference updates, visit our website at:

Abstracts (limit 500 words) for individual papers or panels should be sent by March 1, 2015 to: Dr. Ginger Williams (History) @ AND Dr. Laura Dougherty (Theatre and Dance) @

Abstracts (limit 500 words) for posters should be sent by March 1, 2015 to: Dr. Simone Camel (Human Nutrition) @ AND Dr. M. Gregory Oakes (Philosophy and Religious Studies) @

General questions can be addressed to Drs. Williams or Dougherty.

All participants will be notified on or before April 15, 2015.

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Spring 2015 Savvy Researcher Workshops

The Scholarly Commons has over 50 Savvy Researcher workshops scheduled to be taught this semester.  These are 50 minute, hands-on workshops that will help you improve your research and information management skills.

Upcoming sessions include:

  • Intro to Data Management and Publication
  • The ORCID Identifier: The Free iD Number that Ensures You Get Credit for ALL of Your Research
  • Getting organized with Mendeley
  • The Ways of the Web: Filter Bubbles, Search Engines, and You
  • Introducing Metadata: How to Organize your Research Data and Resources
  • Create and Manage an Online Scholarly Presence
  • Database Design for the Non-Technical Researcher

There are also sessions on GIS, visual literacy, scholarly communication,  RefWorks Flow, Publishing with GitHub, and ABBYY FineReader.  The full calendar of workshops is here:

Can’t make it to the scheduled workshop on a topic of interest?  Any of these workshops can be scheduled specially for departments or lab groups upon request.  Use the  online form to request a session for your group:

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