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UNDERSTANDINGBIODIVERSITY AND HOWIT CHANGES OVER TIMEIS BEST ENABLED WHENEARTH’S DIVERSITYIS ORGANIZED INTOA PHYLOGENETICFRAMEWORK.GoLifeGOALS1 to resolve the phylogenetic history of all life’slineages—living, extinct, and poorly known—usingan open access, dynamic format; and2 to synthesize as much organismal data aspossible with this genealogy of life, creating anevolutionary framework for comparative biology.

GoLifePRIORITIES1 TAXONOMIC COMPLETENESS: contains all described species.2 DATA COMPLETENESS: integrates diverse data layers (e.g. digitizedimages, specimen collection information, environmental and habitat data,geographic and stratigraphic distributions, genomic and phenomicdata, developmental data and ontologies, fossil records).3 A DYNAMIC AND OPEN STRUCTURE: facilitates growingknowledge of biodiversity over time and enables comparativeanalyses spanning the complete diversity of life.4 TRAINING OF NEXT GENERATION PHYLOGENETICBIOLOGISTS: integrative training in diverse fieldsacross comparative evolutionary biology.

ALL GOLIFE PROPOSALS SHOULD:1 massively increase taxonomic and character data space;2 significantly contribute to the advancement of our understandingof life’s genealogy;3 integrate numerous layers of organismal data;4 connect to ongoing AVAToL projects;5 integrate student training; andPROPOSALINFORMATION6 focus on poorly sampled clades or data layers—areas where new data will have a profound impact onour understanding of the pattern of life’s evolution.Visit the Genealogy of Life ProgramSummary page at http://go.usa.gov/3vmyBANNUAL DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:FOURTH WEDNESDAY IN MARCHGOLIFENATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION4201 WILSON BOULEVARDARLINGTON, VIRGINIA 22230NSF.GOVNSF 15-102

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