The goal of the Global Biotraits Database is to create an online portal for the housing and dissemination of empirical data about how natural systems respond to environmental drivers, such as water, temperature, light, and pressure. This database represents, by far, the largest and most comprehensive biological trait database ever compiled. We expect researchers from a wide diversity of disciplines, such as ecology, biology, cell biology, agriculture, entomology, botany, biostatistics, physics, and computer science, to use these data to shed light on how natural systems respond to environmental drivers.

When logged on to the site, users will be able to download available datasets and upload their own data. We hope that our website will become a central portal for the management and accession of data on biological traits.

Work on the website is funded by an NSF grant with PIs not only from Biomath but also from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Priyanga Amarasekare and also Tony Dell, who has a joint appointment) at UCLA. So, by design, the project connects two departments that bridge the Medical School and FAS at UCLA. Moreover, interest and excitement in using this site has been expressed by faculty (at UCLA and other campuses) in the departments of Ecology, Biology, Cell Biology, Agriculture, Entomology, Botany, Biostatistics, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, and national centers that include National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), NESCENT, NIMBIOS, and MBI.

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