On this page, you can access the different webinars, video conferences and online presentations produced by the GEO BON community throughout the years.

Measuring the Pulse of the Planetary Living System Webinar Series
Webinar Series by NatureServe, GEO BON and EcoHealth Alliance

No. Title Presenter Date Links
1 Repository of the Bolivian Flora and its Dynamics with Living Systems Mónica Moraes Ramírez 15/10/2018 Info | Webinar
2 Who is Afraid of the Big Bad Bear? Ximena Velez-Liendo 12/11/2018 Info | Webinar
3 Assessing the Conservation Status of the World’s Ecosystems – The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, a Global Standard Irene Zager 11/12/2018 Info
4 Conserving the biodiversity of the Andes Amazon: Conservación Amazónica experience in southeastern Peru Aimy Caceres 22/02/2019 Info | Webinar
5 Ecosystem Restoration in the conservation agenda and opportunities for rewilding Laetitia Navarro 22/03/2019 Info | Webinar
6 Monitoring in the Bolivian Amazon: from socioeconomics to wildlife Nuno Negrões 12/04/2019 Info | Webinar
7 Identifying conservation areas within the Vilcabamba-Amboro Conservation corridor to support corridor connectivity Florencia San Germano 14/05/2019 Info
8 How Standards Can Improve Implementation of Global Restoration Initiatives Bethanie Walder 21/07/2019 Info | Webinar
9 Mainstreaming and Safeguarding Biodiversity in Multilateral Development Bank Finance Robert Langstroth 02/08/2019 Info
10 Biodiversity and Health Connections: One Health Solutions for People and Planet Catherine Machalaba 23/08/2019 Info
11 Biodiversity Observations for Decision-Making: From Data to Decision Mike Gill 27/09/2019 Info
12 Integrating biodiversity information through standards: a synthesis of disciplines, from origins to outlook Stan Blum 24/01/2020 Info | Webinar
13 Wildlife Insights: A new platform to maximize the use of camera trap and passive sensor wildlife data for conservation Jorge Ahumada 21/02/2020 Info
14 An X-Ray of a Pandemic Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio 03/04/2020 Info
Webinars by the Marine BON community

The webinars provide an opportunity for the MBON community members to share ideas, talk about methods and protocols, progress in specific programs or manuscripts, and address issues in developing a community of practice. We invite members of other groups, such as GEO Blue Planet, GEO Wetlands, the Freshwater BON, and any of the various GEO BON Working Groups and Task Forces, etc ., to participate, since we all share common problems and goals.

The webinars also provide a forum for seminars and lectures on issues of relevance to the research and applications of marine biodiversity.

New camera observations of biodiversity in shallow and deep ocean habitats

  1. Fish communities and benthic habitats observed from unbaited underwater video: interest and achievements
    – Dominique Pelletier / French Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea
  2. Observing life in the deep-ocean with National Geographic’s deep-sea camera system; a low-cost and scalable approach
    – Jonatha Giddens / National Geographic Society Exploration Technology Lab’s Deep-Sea Research Project

Trinational effort to manage the Gulf of Mexico Coral Reefs: preliminary report card – Nuno Simoes / UNAM/Mexico
The preliminary Report Card on the Coral Reefs of the Gulf of Mexico is a trinational (Mexico, Cuba, USA) effort to design best practices for monitoring, and to implement long time series of observations that are interoperable.
The objectives are to ensure comparability, understanding of regional trends and causes, and support conservation and management decisions at the scale of the Caribbean Basin and Gulf of Mexico.
This is an initiative underwritten and led by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi) and UNAM-Sisal, with the kind support from the William Knox Holt Foundation, and the Integration and Application Network (IAN) from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.
Ecosystem report cards are transformative assessment and communications products. They compare environmental data to scientific or management thresholds. They communicate the status (health) of a coastline, river or watershed to a broad audience. They are a vehicle for stakeholder engagement and shared visioning.

13th April 2020

From the ground to the air: using local and remote observations to understand the patterns and drivers of underwater vegetation in Chesapeake Bay – Jonathan S. Lefcheck / MarineGEO, Smithsonian Institution
The Chesapeake Bay is among the largest and most populated estuaries in the world, with over four centuries of accumulated human impacts. It is also one of the most well-studied systems anywhere, with multiple large-scale monitoring programs in place since the 1970s. In this seminar, I review how aerial imagery and in situ observations come together to reveal the long-term trajectories and drivers of submersed aquatic vegetation, a hugely valuable habitat comprised of both freshwater and seagrasses.
09th March 2020

Integrating animal tracking and soundscapes in to biodiversity monitoring – Neil Hammerschlag, University of Miami
GEO BON MBON Webinar presented by Neil Hammerschlag / University of Miami
10th February 2020

Ecological Marine Units – Keith VanGraafeiland, GISP/ESRI
EMUs come from an unprecedented 3D point mesh framework of 52 million global measurements of 6 key ocean variables over a 50-year period at a horizontal resolution of 1/4˚ by 1/4˚ (~27 km x 27 km at the equator), over 102 depth zones. Multivariate statistical methods clustered the data into EMUs which were then verified by leading oceanographers. The result is a standardized, rigorous, and ecologically meaningful set of units which may be used as a basemap beneath an organization’s own GIS data for climate change impact studies, conservation priority-setting, economic and social valuation, and marine spatial planning.
More Info about EMUs:
Sayre et al., 2017: https://www.esri.com/en-us/about/science/ecological-marine-units/overview
Journal of Oceanography Publication
AAG Publication
Wright et al., 2018: https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm18/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/372053
9th December 2019

A Marine Biodiversity Observation Network Pole-to-Pole of the Americas in support of conservation and sustainable use of living resources in the sea – Enrique Montes
Knowledge on the status and trends in marine biodiversity, and associated drivers of biodiversity change across the Americas is sparse and geographically uneven. International cooperation is needed to fill observational gaps to satisfy policy targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Convention of Biological Diversity. The Marine Biodiversity Observation Network Pole to Pole of the Americas (MBON Pole to Pole) responds to this need by coordinating data collection using standard methods, and facilitating sharing of information and data, capacity building, technology transfer between nations and groups, and voluntary participation of citizens in biodiversity monitoring.
9th September 2019

Marine data for ecosystem services – Ilse Geijzendorffer
A conversation on ocean data requirements for ecosystem services assessments
13th May 2019

The French Biodiversity data hub and the Galaxy-E project: A web platform for collaborative data analysis in Ecology – Yvan Le Bras
PDF Presentation
14th January 2019

Challenges of creating and using indicators for decision making in public policy – Pia Wiche
08th October 2018

Monitoring the environmental dimension of the Agenda 2030 – Francesco Gaetani
10th September 2018

A global data sharing and clearinghouse for marine biodiversity data through the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)(PDF Slides)
February 2017

Marine BON & the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)
2014 – now

Other GEO BON webinars, video conferences and online presentations
Remotely Sensing Functional Diversity

Online presentation (Sound starts @3:45min – ends @1:3:30h)
Prof. Dr Michael Schaepman, University of Zurich
12th September, 2018 | Leipzig, Germany

Symposium on the Mobilization of Structured Biodiversity Data

Video conference
28th June, 2017 | Leipzig, Germany

KOSMOS Workshop 2017 “Remote Sensing of Ecosystem Functioning”

Video conference
Working Group Ecosystem function
30th March, 2017 | Berlin, Germany

Measuring success and challenges toward conservation: The Biodiversity Indicators Dashboard

Online presentation
Dr. Healy Hamilton, NatureServe
13th October, 2015 | Leipzig, Germany