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Preserving and understanding the genomic diversity of life on Earth.


The Global Genome Initiative will develop the research agenda and promote a global network of biorepositories and research organizations to preserve and study genomic diversity and increase access to genomic information from the key branches of the Tree of Life––expanding our contribution to the preservation and knowledge of life on our planet.

Current Projects



Principal Investigator Project Title Project Location Dates of Project
Melissa McCormick
Transforming understanding of mycorrhizae by obtaining genomic DNA from underrepresented fungal taxa
Karen Osborn
A comparison of vision genes across the hyperiid amphipod tree based on collections in the Gulf of California, Mexico
Gulf of California  
Torsten Dikow
Asiloid flies in the Nama Karoo and comparative phylogenomics
South Africa  
Vicki Funk
Reconstructing character evolution in Compositae (Asteraceae) using next-generation target enrichment data [flowering plants]” 
Western United States  
Rachel Collin
Collections of Genomic-Grade Samples of Porifera at Bocas del Toro, Panama: Leveraging Ten Years of Taxonomic Research
Bocas del Toro, Panama  
Michael W. Gates
Southern Appalachian Mountains USA: Genomic Insect Biodiversity. 
Highlands, NC  
Anna Phillips
Inventory, quality assessment and barcoding of frozen tissues of the US National Parasite Collection
US National Parasite Collection in Washington, DC  
Carole Baldwin
Tissue and RNA collection for Fish T1K (1000 fish transcriptomes) at the Smithsonian, a collaboration with China National Genebank and BGI-Shenzhen 
Melissa Songer
Preserving Genomic Biodiversity of Myanmar


Ashley Egan
Phylogenomics of Millettioid/Phaseoloid Legumes: A Global and Genomic Perspective
Indo-China, Southeast Asia  
Michael W. Gates
Argentinian Genomic Insect Biodiversity: Patagonia to Atlantic Rain Forest
Iguazu National Park, Argentina  
Carole Baldwin
Fishes Legacy Tissue Collection: Into the Biorepository

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