Processing Centre, Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute
The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) manages a rigorous, world-class, science-based program that measures and reports on the state of land, water and living resources across Alberta. The ABMI monitors more than 2000 species and their habitats on a 20 x 20 km systematic grid spanning the entire province. Data are collected on vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens, mammals, birds, oribatid mites, and aquatic macro-invertebrates. ABMI biodiversity data are publicly available for use in research, natural resource management planning and policy development.
The ABMI Processing Centre at the Royal Alberta Museum provides laboratory, taxonomic, and curatorial expertise for the Institute. Our dedicated team of taxonomists and technicians is responsible for the following:
- receiving, tracking and sorting field samples;
- species-level identification;
- conducting research;
- training new cadres of taxonomic experts;
- providing specialized taxonomic training for the ABMI's field technicians;
- developing interactive, user-friendly species identification tools; and
- curating specimens.
The ABMI Processing Centre plays a critical role in generating the Institute's species-level data from field-collected specimens, all the while archiving these specimens for future research.
For more information, please visit: www.abmi.ca