Latin American Pollen DatabaseThe Latin American Pollen Data Base (LAPD) is an extensive database of pollen from peat and lake cores and surface samples. It covers the areas of South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. español
LAPD was launched in 1994 by a research group headed by Vera Markgraf at the University of Colorado, USA, and its management moved to the University of Amsterdam in 1998, where it was hosted by Robert Marchant at the Institute of Biodiversity Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED). After the project ended in 2003, no further updates were made to the database. However, thanks to funding from the Hugo-de-Vries Fonds - The Netherlands, the database is now being revived in Neotoma, and is currently managed by Suzette G.A. Flantua from the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), University of Amsterdam.
Currently, LAPD is assembling an inventory of all Latin American pollen sites, with metadata on site details, researchers, and time-spans covered by pollen datasets. This inventory now includes over 1100 sites, including stratigraphic contexts and modern surface samples from 29 countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.
For an update please see the article by Suzette Flantua et al. in the August 2013 Pages News.