Donat Agosti

Dr. Donat Agosti
Zinggstrasse 16
CH-3007 Bern

E-mail: agosti(at)
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Personal URL: link

Additional functions:
  • Cofounder of the Biodiversity Literature Repository ( at Zenodo
  • Consultant, Development of new digital library application in the context of a basic ontology for biosystematics information using literature of entomology (DFG/NSF, EU funded)
  • Co-organizer of the Bouchout Declaration on Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management (
  • Webmaster and creator of

    Key Publications of Donat Agosti (up to ten) :
  • Egloff, W., Agosti, D., Kishor, P., Patterson, D., Miller. J.A. 2016. Copyright and the Use of Images as Biodiversity Data. Research Ideas and Outcomes 3: e12502. doi: 10.3897/rio.3.e12502
  • Agosti, D., Egloff, W. 2009. Taxonomic information exchange and copyright: the Plazi approach. BMC Research Notes 2009, [2:53]. DOI: 10.1186/1756-0500-2-53
  • Agosti, D., Majer, J., Alonso, E. and Schultz, T., (eds.). 2000. Ants: Standard methods for measuring and monitoring biodiversity. Biological Diversity Handbook Series. Smithsonian Institution Press. Washington D.C., 20+280pp.
  • Agosti, D., Grimaldi, D. and Carpenter, J.M., 1998. Oldest known ant fossils discovered. Nature 391, 447
  • Grimaldi, D., & Agosti, D., 2000. A Formicine in New Jersey Cretaceous amber (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), and early evolution of the ants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 97: 13678-13683.
  • Saatchi S.S., D. Agosti, K. Alger, J. Delabie, and J. Musinsky. 2001. Fragmentation and loss of primary forest in the Southern Bahian Atlantic Forest of Brazil with Radar imagery. Conservation Biology 15 (4), 867-875.

    Expertise of Donat Agosti:
    Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
    Expert TypeScientific / Fundamental Research
    Research Interface / Management
    Topic BiosphereAnimals
    Biodiversity Convention Thematic AreasForest Biodiversity
    Biodiversity Convention Cross Cutting IssuesCapacity Building
    Biodiversity and Legal Issues
    Biodiversity Funding Sources
    Rio Agreements / Biodiversity-related Conventions
    Biodiversity Information Management
    Scientific Biodiversity Assessment

    Specialties of Donat Agosti:
    Biodiversity Knowledge Management; Copyright issues and open access for scientific literature and data; Building of Infrastructures (TreatmentBank, Biodiversity Literature Repository); Bringing communities together (Bouchout Declaration); Systematics, especially of ants; Biogeography and distribution modeling

    Last update: 11/5/19
    Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2020)
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