Measuring Biodiversity at Scale for the Future


Measuring Biodiversity at Scale for the Future

Katie Critchlow, CEO NatureMetrics Ltd, talks about how the collection of DNA in soil and water can enable us to sequence everything from a Bacteria to a Blue Whale and everything in between, and why we can manage Nature better as a result.

Simpson’s Diversity Index Explained

Simpson’s Diversity index is a value that represents the species diversity (a type of biodiversity) in a location, generally with the purpose of comparing it to another location, or to compare the changes in a single location over time.

This video outlines how to use Simpson’s reciprocal index (one of several variations on the same index).

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Measuring Biodiversity – Ethan Soloviev, HowGood

Ethan Soloviev, HowGood’s Chief Innovation Officer, and Arthur Gillett, HowGood’s Director of Research, discuss the quinoa problem, why big brands are finally addressing biodiversity, and the opportunities presented by emerging measurement approaches.

How to Observe and Measure Biodiversity

Did you know what’s living in your backyard or favorite nature spot? Scientists often study all the living things (and non-living things!) in a small area or ecosystem to understand the biodiversity and health of a much bigger area.

Using just a hula hoop, a pencil and paper, and the power of observation, JD shows us how to observe the biodiversity of a small area.

Measuring biodiversity

QCAA Biology, Unit 3

– determine diversity of species using measures such as species richness, evenness (relative species abundance), percentage cover, percentage frequency and Simpson’s diversity index
– Guidance: Diversity indices and measurements should be supported through fieldwork and based on classification. Measures of biodiversity, i.e. species richness (S) and Simpson’s diversity index (D) should be used where applicable
– Guidance: The formula used to quantify biodiversity of a habitat is Simpson’s diversity index (SDI), shown as:
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