NESCent is supported by:


National Science Foundation




UNC Chapel Hill


NC State

North Carolina State University





NESCent collaborates with:

CIPRESThe goal of the Cyberinfrastructure for Phylogenetic Research project is to enable large-scale phylogenetic reconstructions on a scale that will enable analyses of huge datasets containing hundreds of thousands of bio molecular sequences. To achieve this goal we have brought together a group of researchers involved in phylogeny estimation, statistics, and computer science to create new solutions for the difficult computational problems that arise in inferring evolutionary relationships.


CIPRESThe Generic Model Organism Database Project (GMOD Project) is a largely open source project to develop a complete set of software for creating and administering a model organism database. Components of this project include genome visualization and editing tools, literature curation tools, a robust database schema, biological ontology tools, and a set of standard operating procedures.


MRC LogoThe Metadata Research Center (<MRC>) at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) aims to advance research in the area of metadata, semantics and ontologies in the context of digital resource repositories. NESCent collaborates with Dr. Jane Greenberg's group for establishing a repository for digital data in evolution.



MorphBank Morphbank is an open web repository of biological images documenting specimen-based research in comparative anatomy, morphological phylogenetics, taxonomy and related fields focused on increasing our knowledge about biodiversity. The project receives its main funding from the Biological Databases and Informatics program of the National Science Foundation.


Morphobank MorphoBank is a web application designed to manage images of comparative anatomical data of fossil and living organisms for scientific research and education. The application database catalogues images (including films and CT scans) submitted by scientists.


CIPRESAt the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, scientists conduct collaborative research on major fundamental and applied problems in ecology. The Center has a critical responsibility to apply general knowledge of ecological systems to specific issues such as the massive and accelerating loss of biotic diversity, global change, habitat decline and fragmentation, over-exploitation of natural resources, and pollution of air, water, and soil.



Understanding Evolution TreeBASE is a relational database designed to manage and explore information on phylogenetic relationships. Its main function is to store published phylogenetic trees and data matrices. It also includes bibliographic information on phylogenetic studies, and some details on taxa, characters, algorithms used, and analyses performed.



Understanding Evolution Understanding Evolution is a non-commercial, education website, teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology. This site is here to help you understand what evolution is, how it works, how it factors into your life, how research in evolutionary biology is performed, and how ideas in this area have changed over time.