Within this site you will find maps of biodiversity across our world. Its original inspiration came during the preparation of the scientific paper, "Global patterns of terrestrial vertebrate diversity and conservation", published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2013. Seeing a need for more widely accessible maps of where the many species on this planet live, I took the first steps in building what would become BiodiveristyMapping.org. The first map was for salamanders, created while sitting in the Macon County Public Library in Franklin, NC, which also happens to be in the center of global salamander diversity.
Global maps currently available are for terrestrial vertebrates and marine cone snails and are based on species range maps from the IUCN (mammals, amphibians, and cone snails) and BirdLife International and NatureServe (birds). For the USA, there are maps of all terrestrial vertebrates, freshwater fish, and trees. Use the menu on the left to view pages full of maps for each group. Maps are free for academic and other non-commercial use, although please cite the original source so that others can find the site too. For scientific research, please cite the papers below as appropriate and other taxa relevant papers listed on their respective pages.
Jenkins, CN, KS Van Houtan, SL Pimm, JO Sexton (2015) US protected lands mismatch biodiversity priorities. PNAS (Early Edition) www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1418034112
Jenkins, CN, SL Pimm, LN Joppa (2013) Global Patterns of Terrestrial Vertebrate Diversity and Conservation. PNAS 110(28): E2602-E2610. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1302251110 (PDF)
Pimm, SL, CN Jenkins, R Abell, TM Brooks, JL Gittleman, LN Joppa, PH Raven, CM Roberts, JO Sexton (2014) The biodiversity of species and their rates of extinction, distribution, and protection. Science 344(6187): 1246752
For GIS-ready data, see the Download page.
The methods used in preparing the biodiversity maps can be found here.