Occurrence

HBOI Marine Biomedical and Biotechnology Reference Collection (MBRC)

Latest version published on 15 December 2021
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The HBOI Marine Biomedical and Biotechnology Reference Collection (MBRC) has archived over 35,000 marine and freshwater specimens from all over the world. The collections began in 1984, were made to depths of 900 m by a multitude of methods, and include almost every marine invertebrate and algal phylum, as well as geological specimens. Users can access taxonomic, habitat, and location data as well as images and videos for thousands of specimens.
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Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 26,546 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.

Downloads

Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 26,546 records in English (2 MB) - Update frequency: unknown
Metadata as an EML file download in English (17 kB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (12 kB)

Versions

The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Resource Citation: HBOI Marine Biomedical and Biotechnology Reference Collection (2021), Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University Version, MBRC Data Set.

Rights

Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has not been registered with GBIF

Keywords

Occurrence; Specimen

Contacts

Who created the resource:

John Reed
Faculty Member
HBOI-FAU
5600 N US Highway 1
34946 Fort Pierce
FL
US
Shirley Pomponi
Principal Investigator
FAU Harbor Branch
5600 N US Highway 1
34946 Fort Pierce
FL
US
Amy Wright
Principal Investigator
HBOI-FAU
5600 N US Highway 1
34946 Fort Pierce
FL
US
M. Dennis Hanisak
Research Professor
HBOI-FAU
5600 N US Highway 1
34946 Fort Pierce
FL
US
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Bryan Botson
Data Analyst
FAU Harbor Branch
5600 N US Highway 1
34946 Fort Pierce
FL
US
Brian Cousin
Coor. Educ/Media Communication
HBOI-FAU
5600 N US Highway 1
34946 Fort Pierce
FL
US
Jennifer Sandle
Chemical Scientist
HBOI-FAU
HBOI-FAU
FL
US
Stephanie Farrington
Biological Scientist
HBOI-FAU

Who can answer questions about the resource:

M. Dennis Hanisak
Research Professor
HBOI-FAU
5600 N US Highway 1
34946 Fort Pierce
FL
US
Nicole Seiden
HBOI Collections Manager
HBOI-FAU
5600 N US Highway 1
34946 Fort Pierce
FL
US
Bryan Botson
Data Analyst
FAU Harbor Branch
5600 N US Highway 1
34946 Fort Pierce
FL
US

Who filled in the metadata:

M. Dennis Hanisak
Research Professor
HBOI-FAU
5600 N US Highway 1
34946 Fort Pierce
FL
US
Bryan Botson
Data Analyst
HBOI-FAU
5600 N US Highway 1
34946 Fort Pierce
FL
US

Geographic Coverage

MBRC specimens have been collected from throughout the world, including the Caribbean, Bahamas, Gulf of Mexico, southeastern U.S., Pacific Ocean (Galapagos, Cocos Island, Pearl Islands), and eastern Atlantic (Canary Islands, Madeira, Salvage Islands), at depths from intertidal to 914 m.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Temporal Coverage

Start Date 1984-01-01

Project Data

The HBOI Marine Biomedical and Biotechnology Reference Collection (MBRC) has archived over 35,000 marine and freshwater specimens from all over the world. The collections began in 1984, were made to depths of 900 m by a multitude of methods, and include almost every marine invertebrate and algal phyla, as well as geological specimens. Users can access taxonomic, habitat, and location data as well as images and videos for thousands of specimens.

Title HBOI Marine Biomedical and Biotechnology Reference Collection
Identifier HBOI-MBRC
Funding CSBR: Natural History: Augmentation of the HBOI Marine Biotechnology Reference Collection to Enhance Accessibility and Use by a Broader Scientific (National Science Foundation Award #1756187)
Study Area Description MBRC specimens have been collected from throughout the world, including the Caribbean, Bahamas, Gulf of Mexico, southeastern U.S., Pacific Ocean (Galapagos, Cocos Island, Pearl Islands), and eastern Atlantic (Canary Islands, Madeira, Salvage Islands), at depths from intertidal to 914 m.
Design Description MBRC specimens were collected on various expeditions with submersibles, scuba, and snorkeling. Habitats sampled varied from deep-water hard bottom, to deep-coral reefs, to shallow reefs and hard bottom, to mangrove swamps, marshes, pier pilings, and oil rigs. All specimens were collected with informed consent of the host country and with required permits. Documentation of MBRC specimens includes in situ videotapes, in situ photographs, laboratory or “deck” photographs, taxonomic voucher specimens, and notes on habitat and the specimen. Each specimen was assigned a unique number.

The personnel involved in the project:

Author
John Reed
Principal Investigator
Shirley Pomponi
Author
Amy Wright
Author
M. Dennis Hanisak
Programmer
Bryan Botson

Sampling Methods

Documentation of MBRC specimens includes in situ videotapes, in situ photographs, laboratory or “deck” photographs, taxonomic voucher specimens, and notes on habitat and the specimen. Original photographs were 35-mm images taken of the specimen in situ and in the wet lab (with a ruler for scale and unique specimen ID label). All photos have been digitized with a Nikon LS-2000 scanner, stored on the HBOI server, and linked to the collection database. The in situ videotapes and photographs document the benthic habitats and specimens collected and have resulted in an irreplaceable and invaluable source of data.

Study Extent MBRC specimens have been collected from throughout the world, including the Caribbean, Bahamas, Gulf of Mexico, southeastern U.S., Pacific Ocean (Galapagos, Cocos Island, Pearl Islands), and eastern Atlantic (Canary Islands, Madeira, Salvage Islands), at depths from intertidal to 914 m.
Quality Control All data and images were reviewed by senior staff. Most staff inputted data into and worked with copies of the database, with Co-PI John Reed the primary person for the database and its security.

Method step description:

  1. MBRC data are in an MS Access database of metadata for each dive site and specimen collected. The dive site data include fields for date, dive number, latitude, longitude, depth, habitat descriptions, bottom physical parameters, and site notes. The specimen tables have detailed data including collection depth, specimen morphology, color, other physical factors, abundance, associations, and benthic physical factors, as well as metadata for in situ photographs, videotapes, and specimen preservation. A third table contains the taxonomic identification of each specimen, any subsequent revisions of taxonomy, deposition and accession numbers in other archival institutions, and publications and new species data. An MS Access macro can quickly provide the complete data set for any specimen, which includes a direct link to the in situ or deck/lab photo of the specimen.

Collection Data

Collection Name HBOI Marine Biomedical and Biotechnology Reference Collection
Specimen preservation methods Alcohol

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers https://ipt.idigbio.org/resource?r=mbrc