E. O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard and Todd Witcher, Director of Discover Life in America interview with WUOT's Chrissy Keuper at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
"The All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park began in 1998 and is still going strong. To date, biologists have identified over 7000 species in the Park, with more than 900 species that are new to science. Discover Life in America, the non-profit overseeing the inventory, is holding its annual conference in Gatlinburg with keynote speaker E.O. Wilson. Wilson is a naturalist and Harvard professor who began his graduate work at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. WUOT's Chrissy Keuper speaks with Wilson and with Todd Witcher, Director of Discover Life in America. Witcher says the ATBI in the Smokies has become a model for projects just like it all over the world..."
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.