Try the new TaxaMapper tool

TaxaMapper is a web application that enables you to map occurrences of taxa from the Neotoma database at different time periods. Create multiple layers of taxon versus time, combine them into new layers with AND/OR operations, and customize layer symbology to visually analyze spatiotemporal patterns. Additional features coming soon include search wildcards (e.g. Bison*) and minimum pollen abundance thresholds.

Posted by Brian Bills on 09/05

Article on Neotoma submitted to JVP

Hi Everyone,

Several of us (Eric, Jessica, Brian and myself) contributed to a general article on databases in veretbrate paleontology which has been submitted to the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology for publication. Our contribution featured FAUNMAP and Neotoma.


Posted by Russ Graham on 05/10

Revised age models now available!

The revised age models for late Quaternary pollen sites in eastern North America are now available!  A zip file containing the age models and additional information can be downloaded in the 'Documents' section of the Neotoma website.  If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Jessica Blois or Jack Williams.

Posted by Jessica Blois on 02/15

Pending Data Now Available

The new pending data repository provides access to data that have been sent to Neotoma but not yet incorporated into its relational database. Files here include new author submissions awaiting processing by Neotoma data stewards as well as miscellaneous datasets that do not yet fit into the Neotoma database structure. The repository provides search and sortable browsing of datasets via their basic metadata.

Posted by Brian Bills on 10/06

Stratigraphic Diagramming is here!

The Neotoma Explorer web application has been updated and now features interactive stratigraphic diagramming. When viewing a pollen dataset, select the "Diagram" tab to try out the new tool. Users may customize the y-axis, taxa grouping, and 5x exaggeration options. Also, mousing over the plot lines will display the underlying abundance data values.

Posted by Brian Bills on 07/18

New paper on age-model uncertainty in late Quaternary pollen cores is out!

A paper by Jessica Blois, Jack Williams, Eric Grimm, Steve Jackson, and Russ Graham has just been published in Quaternary Science Reviews. This paper uses the Neotoma database to assess the amount of temporal uncertainty in late Quaternary pollen cores from eastern North America. The authors then identify particularly well-dated and well-sampled sites ('benchmark' sites), and use them to update the age-models of nearby, non-benchmark sites. Read the paper here (subscription required) or e-mail Jessica Blois for a reprint.

Posted by Jessica Blois on 07/12

Taxonomic Name Resolution and spellchecking for plant names

The Taxonomic Name Resolution Service (TNRS) is a new web application for checking spelling errors and currently accepted taxonomic plant names. It uses a fuzzy matching algorithm to find misspelled names. Lists of up to 5000 names can be submitted at a time by pasting the names into an online form. The website is here: Taxonomic Name Resolution Service

Read a recent article about TNRS in Nature.

Posted by Blake Ketchum on 06/20

Neotoma database highlighted in Trends in Ecology and Evolution

A recent paper by Fraser J. G. Mitchell entitled Exploring Vegetation in the Fourth Dimension (TREE, vol. 26, issue 1, January 2011) discusses pollen databases and the incorporation of the Global Pollen Database into Neotoma.
Read the article here:
Exploring Vegetation in the Fourth Dimension

Posted by Blake Ketchum on 06/02

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