"Every Living Thing" - named after the title of one of Dr. Dunn's books.
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Researchers from around the world will gather to celebrate the organization’s conservation-based mission, its contribution to the greater scientific community, and its ongoing educational outreach pertaining to the unique biological diversity of GSMNP and beyond. DLIA researchers developed a powerful tool for documenting myriad forms of life within given ecosystems in the 1990s—the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI). Due to interest growing in this tool beyond the GSMNP, organizers expect scientists from around the world to attend the conference.
At the request of the park, DLIA has formed Tree Teams of citizen scientists to sample threatened forest types, in order to discover what species of invertebrates may also be lost as these forests continue to decline. DLIA is a pioneer in using comprehensive approaches to biodiversity sampling, but some tree stand types have not had this sampling. The high elevation American beech tree stands are the first forest type to be sampled by DLIA using a newly developed multi-collection method.