Presentations from some of our Scientists for WeDigBio Lite

We are excited to offer two presentations from our Notes from Nature scientists during WeDigBio Lite. WeDigBio Lite is taking place April 16th – 19th. On Thursday the 16th and Friday the 17th at 11am eastern we will offer presentations that are open to the community. More information and registration information can be found below.

Thursday April 16th 11am Eastern

Finding Wallace: Insect expeditions in the Malay Archipelago

Dr. Peter Oboyski, Essig Museum of Entomology

Our modern understanding of plant and animal distribution patterns (biogeography) date back to Alfred Russel Wallace, who collected insects and other organisms in Malaysia and Indonesia in the 1850’s. His discoveries and observations challenged the scientific community and inspired generations of biologists. Researchers at UC Berkeley are following in Wallace’s footsteps to conduct a biotic survey of the insects, spiders, birds, small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians of the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Part of this five year project is to discover insect species new to science and document how their diversity changes over an elevation gradient on nine mountains scattered across the island. In this presentation, find out what it is like to spend 3-4 weeks living in a tent in the jungles of Indonesia to collect night-flying insects.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://appstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/vpcpdu6gpj0u9U4iGnlrqJiFstzpJita_Q

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Note that we will not save your email and it will only be used for the purposes of this meeting.

Friday April 17th 11am Eastern

Comparing phenology annotation by in-person and Notes from Nature volunteers

Dr. Laura M. Brenskelle, University of Florida

In June and July 2019, the Notes from Nature community helped us complete two phenology annotation expeditions for Prunus (cherry) and Acer (maple) herbarium specimen images. These annotations for the presence or absence of fruits, flowers, and unfolded leaves were analyzed for accuracy and compared to in-person volunteers who performed a similar task on the same specimen images. Our findings include recommendations for how to maximize human effort in image annotation projects and demonstrate the advantages and disadvantages to in-person and Notes from Nature annotation approaches.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://appstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkc-CtrjMjYFbJVgGVFWVWUTkpuzW1tg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Note that we will not save your email and it will only be used for the purposes of this meeting.

Hope to see you there,

The Notes from Nature Team

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