Elisabeth C. Miller Library

Directory of Recommended Links

Ecology and Conservation

Applied Soil Ecology
Peer reviewed research.

Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG)
An international non-profit group that develops standards and protocols for sharing biodiversity data, the site includes standards documentation, databases of biodiversity projects and networks, plus a wiki for collaborating on information sharing.

A large collection of plant images, mostly woody trees and shrubs, with various browsing methods to find the images. The most useful method is a map of North America divided into bioregions. Each bioregion has an associated list of dominant plants. Created by Steve Baskauf of Vanderbilt University.

Biomes, Biogeographical Realms, and Ecoregions
from the World Wildlife Fund. A collection of biodiversity data from 26 major habitat types.

Cascadia Prairie Oak Partnership
A collection of technical documents, proceedings and articles related to Northwest prairie oak habitats, native plants, fire, wildlife and conservation planning.

Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems is a research, education, and public service program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, dedicated to increasing ecological sustainability and social justice in the food and agriculture system.

Center for Invasive Species Plant Management
The Center for Invasive Species Management (CISM) developed an online Restoration Resource Database to allow land managers to search for literature, books, handbooks, and web sites on restoration, particularly related to invasive species. CISM is by June 2015 no longer in operation, and the website now serves as an archive of the agency's projects and resources.

Ecological Restoration
Peer reviewed research.

Ecoregional Planting Guides (for pollinators)
A collections of booklets that recommends the best plants for attracting pollinators such as bees, butterflies and birds to various eco-geographic regions of the United States, including the "Pacific lowland mixed province forest" (Oregon & Washington). The booklet also describes the pollinators likely to be found living in the regions as well as general information on encouraging pollinator populations. Published by the The Pollinator Partnership™/North American Pollinator Protection Campaign.

ECOTOX Database System
The ECOTOXicology database is a source for locating single chemical toxicity data for aquatic life, terrestrial plants and wildlife. ECOTOX integrates three toxicology effects databases: AQIURE (aquatic life), PHYTOTOX (terrestrial plants), and TERRETOX (terrestrial wildlife). These databases were created by the U.S. EPA, Office of Research and Development, and the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory.

Information Resources for Restoration Ecology
A list of the best books, theses,articles and websites on restoration ecology.

Information Resources for Wetlands
a list of the best books, articles and websites on wetlands.

The University of Montana hosts this excellent database of exotic and noxious plants growing in the Northwest. The database can be searched by common or scientific name, by county, or by choosing an area on a linked map. The results list the counties the selected weed has been documented growing in, as well as if it is noxious or not. There is also information on using biocontrols for certain weeds. The database does not show pictures of weeds.

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
A United Nation initiated effort that "assessed the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being. From 2001 to 2005, the MA involved the work of more than 1,360 experts worldwide. Their findings provide a state-of-the-art scientific appraisal of the condition and trends in the world's ecosystems and the services they provide, as well as the scientific basis for action to conserve and use them sustainably."

National Wetlands Research Center: Library Digital Collection
The National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) "is a source and clearinghouse of science information about wetlands in the United States and the world for fellow agencies, private entities, academia, and the public at large." The site contains technical reports and species profiles, as well as: a Habitat Suitability Index Models Series and a Waterfowl Management Handbook produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

NatureServe Explorer
An impressive database of information for over 70,000 species of plants and animals and ecosystems of the United States and Canada. NatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization that provides the scientific information and tools needed to help guide effective conservation action. Data includes conservation status, distribution and economic attributes.

"Dedicated to moving native plants and naturescaping into mainstream landscaping practices." Includes a how-to for creating a native plant landscape and directories by state for native plant nurseries, regional plants and community service organizations.

Report on the National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health - 2012
A report issued by the National Honey Bee Health Stakeholder Conference Steering Committee, US Department of Agriculture held in October 2012. The Committee investigated the phenomena known as colony collapse disorder. PDF

Restoration Ecology
Peer reviewed research.

Society for Ecological Restoration - Northwest
"The Society for Ecological Restoration - Northwest Chapter (SERNW), a private non-profit organization, is a dynamic interactive professional society dedicated to the art and science of restoration. Members of SERNW are actively protecting and restoring ecosystems throughout the Cascadia bioregion which includes Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Alaska and Northern California."

University of Washington Restoration Ecology Network
"The core of the UW-REN mission is to advance higher education in restoration while helping the Pacific Northwest region meet the growing needs and challenges of ecological restoration."

Urban Habitats
"Urban Habitats is an open-access electronic journal that focuses on current research on the biology of urban areas. Papers cover a range of related subject areas, including urban botany, conservation biology, wildlife and vegetation management in urban areas, urban ecology, restoration of urban habitats, landscape ecology and urban design, urban soils, bioplanning in metropolitan regions, and the natural history of cities around the world." Urban Habitats will become Urban Naturalist. The Urban Habitats site will remain available for past journal issues.

Urban Naturalist
"The Urban Naturalist is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original articles focused on all aspects of the natural history sciences as they pertain to urban areas. Subject areas include, but are not limited to, field ecology, biology, behavior, biogeography, restoration ecology, wildlife and fisheries management, taxonomy, evolution, anatomy, physiology, geology, and related fields as they occur in urban settings."