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Current Projects

MVZ researchers are Principal Investigators on a diverse range of topics, ranging from molecular and behavioral studies to biodiversity informatics. Many of these projects are funded by the National Science Foundation and other sources. Here are active projects and grants in the Museum:

An online database that draws together all available information on the biology and conservation of amphibians, worldwide.
Holos: Berkeley Ecoinformatics Engine
The Berkeley Ecoinformatics Engine, funded by the W. M. Keck Foundation, aims to provide access to biodiversity information from the university’s rich and diverse repositories as well as tools to promote visualization and in depth analysis. This effort is a part of the Berkeley Initiative In Global Change Biology, and you can find a full description of the project at The "Ecoengine" is a collaboration between the MVZ, the UCMP, the Essig Museum of Entomology, the UC & Jepson Herbaria, the UC Natural Reserve System, and the Geospatial Innovation Facility to help liberate and visualize biotic and abiotic datasets. Development is ongoing, which you can follow here at and
MVZ Archive Project
Our ongoing effort to make accessible the valuable ancillary documentation to our fieldwork, including field notes, journals, photos, correspondance, and annotated maps. Thousands of pages and photos have been scanned, and portions are available for reading online. We are improving access and policies with our latest funding from the CLIR. Read about the uncovered hidden gems in the Archives blog.
Grinnell Resurvey Project
To understand long term dynamics that determine species distributions in the Western USA, the MVZ has worked to resurvey of its major expeditions prior to 1940, with a goal of comparing faunas from the past with the present. We started in 2003 resurveying the Yosemite transect.
Part of the MVZ's ongoing efforts to lead the biodiversity informatics community in distributed database access and improvement, VertNet aims to bring MaNIS, HerpNet, ORNIS and FishNET to the cloud.
Kilimanjaro Lion Conservation Project
With the support of the National Geographic Society Conservation Trust and the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, wildlife specialists are headed to Kenya's Masailand to get a precise measure of the current lion population and attempt to broker a peace between the predators and livestock owners.
Laikipia Predator Project
The Laikipia Predator Project in northern Kenya was established in 1998 to explore the ecology and conservation of African predators that conflict with man.
Molecular studies of population structure in subterranean rodents
A molecular analysis of relationships between behavior, demography, and patterns of genetic variation in tuco-tucos (Ctenomys) of South America.
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