Contents: Park Science 31(1)—Special Issue 2014

Park Science 31(1)—Special Issue 2014

Cover Image: A large part of the story of biodiversity is told in images sharing the excitement of discovery, documenting expert study, and detailing organisms that distinguish natural environments in the national parks.

Background: Fall landscape, Bering Land Bridge National Preserve (NPS/Katie Cullen).

Insets (top to bottom, left to right): Dragonfly larvae sampling, Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Cherokee Central Schools); Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus) and bioblitz participant, Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River (Roy Morsch); southern pygmy clubtail (Lanthus vernalis), Catoctin Mountain Park (Richard Orr); lichen researchers, Katmai National Park and Preserve (NPS/James Walton); All-Taxa Biodiversity Inventory scientists, Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Discover Life in America); sorting pollinators, Denali National Park and Preserve (Sheila Colwell); boreal felt lichen, a globally endangered species, Katmai National Park and Preserve (NPS/James Walton)

This issue published
Online: 14 November 2014; In print: 25 November 2014


From the Editor: Seek, and you will find

By the editor


A bold strategy for biodiversity conservation

By Elaine F. Leslie

Getting Started

The language of biodiversity: A glossary

By Greg Eckert and Glenn E. Plumb

Recommended readings in biodiversity

By Glenn E. Plumb

National Parks and Biodiversity Discovery 1996–2014

Introduction and map

By the editor and the NPS Biological Resource Management Division

Invited Features

Biodiversity and national parks: What's relevance got to do with it?

By Glenn Plumb, Edward O. Wilson, Sally Plumb, and Paula J. Ehrlich

Ben Clark, Biodiversity Youth Ambassador

By Sally Plumb

Inventory and monitoring of park biodiversity

By William Monahan and Kirsten Gallo

Data management for National Park Service–National Geographic Society BioBlitzes

By Peter Budde and Simon Kingston

Benefits of biodiversity to human health and well-being

By Danielle Buttke, Diana Allen, and Chuck Higgins

Synthetic biology offers extraordinary opportunities and challenges for conservation

By Kent H. Redford

The Bioblitz

Engaging citizens on a large scale in biodiversity discovery

By Sally Plumb

Saguaro National Park 2011 NPS-NGS BioBlitz!

By Natasha Kline and Don Swann

The bioblitz: Good science, good outreach, good fun

By Gretchen M. Baker, Nancy Duncan, Ted Gostomski, Margaret A. Horner, and David Manski
—Acadia National Park bioblitz program

—Wild in the city: Minnesota bioblitz events at Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

—Sampling understudied taxa in Great Basin National Park

Bioblitz profiles

—Ocmulgee National Monument Butterfly Bioblitz
By Angela Bates

—George Washington Carver Bioblitz
By Theresa Weiss-Johnson

—Upper Delaware Bioblitz
By Don Hamilton

The All-Taxa Biodiversity Inventory

Perspectives on the ATBI

—Interview with Marc Albert, Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

—Interview with Todd Witcher, Discover Life in America

By the editor

The George Washington Memorial Parkway All-Taxa Biodiversity Inventory: Finding new species near the nation's capital

By Brent W. Steury

Nonvascular Plants and Invertebrates

Moving beyond the minimum: The addition of nonvascular plant inventories to vegetation research in Alaska's national parks

By James Walton and Sarah Stehn

All along the watchtower: Larval dragonflies are promising biological sentinels for monitoring methylmercury contamination

By Roger J. Haro

The Call to Action Collect Dragonflies

By Colleen Flanagan Pritz, Sarah Nelson, and Collin Eagles-Smith

Local experts identify insect biodiversity in Catoctin Mountain Park

By Becky Loncosky

The Crayfish Corps

By Amy Ruhe


Pollinators in peril? A multipark approach to evaluating bee communities in habitats vulnerable to effects from climate change

By Jessica Rykken, Ann Rodman, Sam Droege, and Ralph Grundel

Great Lakes pollinators

By Jessica Rykken, Ann Rodman, Sam Droege, and Ralph Grundel

Insect pollinators of Denali: A survey of bees and flower flies

By Jessica Rykken

Monitoring bee diversity and abundance in Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area: A pilot study

By Jessica Rykken

Cultural Sites and Biodiversity

Biodiversity inventories and the advent of a volunteer-based natural resource management program at Wolf Trap

By Christopher Schuster

Bird diversity reflects battlefield park’s natural setting

By Bryan Gorsira

Biodiversity discovery: Exploring arthropods in two NPS national monuments

By Jennifer Leasor, Amy Muraca, Rijk Moräwe, and Neil Cobb

Technological Applications

Cameras and cell phones at the bioblitz

By the Editor

Vermont Atlas of Life Field Days

By Kyle Jones

Camera-trap surveys in the southeastern Arizona national parks

By Jason Mateljak

Mammal diversity monitoring in Saguaro National Park, Arizona

By Don Swann

Camera traps for monitoring biodiversity

By Don Swann

Research Reports

Engaging park stewards through biodiversity discovery: Social outcomes of participation in bioblitzes

By Kirsten M. Leong and Gerard T. Kyle

Using monitoring data to map amphibian breeding hotspots and describe wetland vulnerability in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

By Andrew Ray, Adam Sepulveda, Blake Hossack, Debra Patla, and Kristin Legg

Environmental DNA: Can it improve our understanding of biodiversity on NPS lands?

By Andrew Ray, Adam Sepulveda, Blake Hossack, Debra Patla, and Kristin Legg

Notes From Abroad

Restoring biodiversity in Ireland's national parks

By Daniel Sarr, Cameron Clotworthy, and Robbie Millar

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