The Amazonian Biodiversity project aims to describe Amazonian diversity more finely than ever before, integrating evolutionary analysis with geological and environmental sciences.
Amazonia is Earth's most iconic center of biological diversity and endemism and is, arguably, the most important terrestrial biome due to its contributions to global systems ecology. This project seeks to answer an overarching question in biodiversity science: How was the modern Amazonian biota and its environment assembled across space and time? We use a comparative approach that integrates across the disciplines of systematics, population biology, ecosystem structure and function, geology, Earth systems modeling and remote sensing, and environmental history. The project also investigates the interlocked relationships between biotic diversity and the ecosystem functions and biogeochemical flows across Amazonia and globally. Our work has strong training and outreach components, including training of students, development of a major museum exhibit on Amazonia, workshops for K-12 STEM teachers, publications in professional educational journals, and a web portal, The Evolutionary Encyclopedia of Amazonian Biodiversity, that will serve as an informational platform about Amazonian biodiversity and its global importance.