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Spring Break: Building an Interactive Digital Key for the Compositae


flowersDESCRIPTION: In 2010 researchers from the Smithsonian and other institutions worldwide began building an interactive digital key for the largest plant family: the Compositae. The project, abbreviated VKC, attempts to provide an online tool to identify each of the 25,000+ species of the family, with photographs, maps and phylogenies. We are currently working on the species from two geographic areas: North America and the Northern South America.

QUALIFICATIONS: Interns should have working knowledge of computers (especially Excel) and bases in botany/biology. A major in Biology, Agronomy or Forestry is highly desirable.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Interns will learn to populate a matrix of morphological characters by examining directly botanical specimens and text-mining taxonomic descriptions of species.

TIMETABLE: Spring Break


Project Contact Name: Mauricio Diazgranados

Phone: 202-633-0951

E-mail: DiazgranadosM@si.edu