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Creator

National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Biodiversity Program

Subject

  • Wilson, Don E
  • Smithsonian Institution Biological Diversity of the Guianas Program
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Biological Diversity of Tropical Latin America
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Biodiversity Surveys and Inventories Program
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program
  • IUCN/SSC Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Latin American Plants Program
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Monitoring & Assessment of Biodiversity Program
  • Neotropical Lowlands Research Program

Category

Agency History

Notes

  • This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
  • Smithsonian Year
  • The Neotropical Biodiversity Program was established in the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in 1990 in response to growing concerns about the accelerating destruction of forests and other habitats. It was an attempt to centralize NMNH research on tropical forests, coastal marine ecosystems, temperate environments, and other places where human encroachment threatens natural areas. Don E. Wilson was appointed Director. The name was changed to Biodiversity Program in 1992.
  • Programs and projects under the Biodiversity umbrella have included Biological Diversity of the Guianas (BDG); Biological Diversity of Tropical Latin America (BIOLAT); Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project (BDFFP); Biodiversity Surveys and Inventories Program; Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program at Carries Bow Cay, Belize; Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force; Latin American Plant Program; Monitoring and Assessment of Biodiversity Program; and the Neotropical Lowlands Research Program.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520

Date

  • 1990
  • 1990-

Topic

Biodiversity

Form/Genre

Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00091