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BLUE: Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education was founded in 2016 in response to growing interest in the biodiversity community to continue developing resources that integrate research-quality data with educational materials. Our work builds upon the accomplishments of past initiatives, such as AIM-UP! , and partners with current projects, such as QUBES , BCoN and iDigBio , to support and promote biodiversity literacy in undergraduate classrooms. Thanks to international digitization efforts, more and more biodiversity data are available everyday.  These, in combination with data from other disciplines such as climate science, geography, and ecology, set the foundation for robust educational materials. We take a broad, inclusive approach to our work and welcome collaboration with interested parties.

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  1. Undergraduate Institutions
    We welcome educators from colleges and universities of all shapes and sizes, including community colleges, HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), MSIs (Minority-serving Institutions), research universities, and small colleges.
  2. Partners
    We are biodiversity researchers, science educators, ecologists, geographers, taxonomists, natural history collections managers and more. Join us in creating resources that arm students with multi-discplinary data skills.
  3. Products
    We're developing modules that merge best practice teaching methods with current datasets to present students with timely research- and peer-reviewed literature-based activities.

Future and Recent Activities

24-25 May 2017: BLUE, and partners from iDigBio , QUBES , Kurator , and AIM-UP! , are establishing a Faculty Mentoring Network on Resources for Collections-Based Undergraduate Education. We're kicking it off with a workshop in Gainesville. More info on our QUBES Hub .

Fall 2016: BLUE collaborated with the iDigBio Education & Outreach working group and the Small Collections Network to present a series of webinars on collections-based educational topics. Recordings can be found here .

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