Start with some of the globe’s most ancient mountains, give them special protections, and you’ll discover tens of thousands of life forms, some not easily found anywhere else these days. That’s why East Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains are designated an International Biosphere Reserve. Scientists are still discovering and documenting different species of plants and animals in the Smokies.
You have a chance to discover some of this diversity for yourself at the 17th annual All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory Conference coming up March 20 through 22. The Smokies-based Discover Life in America hosts the program as a highlight of its ongoing scientific research.
Keynote speaker for this year’s ATBI Conference is Founder and President Emeritus Dr. Merlin Tuttle of Bat Conservation International. Tuttle is a noted researcher and photographer who will be sharing the latest in bat conservation efforts.
Conference workshops will cover everything from updates on DLIA’s biodiversity studies and details of how our human footprint affects other species to the ways technology aids research. An estimated 60,000 to 80,000 species of living organisms make their home in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and there is still much work to be done. To date, the DLIA project has documented 926 species new to science.
This annual conference brings together top scientists, college students and others simply interested in biodiversity of the planet.
Visit the DLIA website for details on this conference at the Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.