Kansas University is using high-speed Internet2 technology to track the effects of environmental change on animal species.
The Species Analyst gives researchers access to catalogs of animal specimens at museums around the world and the ability to develop predictions as to their living areas, based on where the specimens were found. It also contains catalogs of the genetic codes of those animals.
The living area models can be used to predict the effect of changes in the environment on various animal species.
Scientists at KU's Natural History Museum put the system on display for Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., who earlier this year arranged for $1.4 million to increase KU's ability to connect to Internet2, a high-speed, high-volume network connecting researchers across the country.
"The funding is helping us get this information to the desktops of scientists," said KU Provost David Shulenburger.
"All of sudden we've found a use for all of this stuff gathering dust in museums," said Ed Wiley, curator of fishes at the museum.
Moore praised the work.
"Lawrence, Kansas, really is on the cutting edge of this kind of science," he said.