Science Cafe: From Bacteria to Black Bears

Is it possible scientists have discovered more than 900 new species to science in our most visited National Park? Every aspect of life in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is being studied extensively by scientists. The goal is to discover and catalog every type of living organism in the park, from bacteria and slime molds to black bears and elk. This project is called the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (or ATBI) and it is being coordinated by Discover Life in America (DLIA). In the past twelve years a remarkable 922 species new to science and more than 7,000 species new to the park have been documented by teams of DLIA scientists and volunteers. More Information.

[NOTE: NOT LIVE-- Broadcast October 18, 2012]

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