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A project of DIVERSITAS aiming at providing an evolutionary framework for biodiversity science
The exuberant diversity of life around us, which we call biodiversity, has been lost or reduced at an unprecedented scale and rate due to human interventions ever since humans became the dominant species on earth. Because these detrimental processes continue at an ever-accelerating rate, there is an urgent need to identify, organise and monitor biodiversity with much improved accuracy and precision.
While much fundamental work remains to be done, we can, even now, formulate areas of evolutionary investigation of direct significance to understanding and managing biodiversity. Answers to these challenges depend critically on bringing together our ever-expanding baseline data on species identities, distributions, and phylogenetic relationships, as well as knowledge of the relevant underlying evolutionary processes. At present, the ability to connect this information is limited and idiosyncratic. While some highly useful tools have been developed within each domain, these are as yet insufficient, poorly integrated and deployed, in part owing to limited coordination of the relevant scientific communities.
bioGENESIS plays a key role in catalysing the international communication that is needed to tackle these problems in a timely fashion and on a global scale, thus promoting a truly integrative, socially relevant biodiversity science. Its mission is to:
- Promote the development of new strategies and tools for documenting biodiversity;
- Understand the causes and consequences of diversification;
- Connect evolutionary biology and diversity to human well-being.
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