WeDigBio Talk (Biases in Citizen Science data)

We are excited to announce a second WeDigBio talk.

This talk will be presented by Michael Belitz from University of Florida. The title is ‘Addressing biases in citizen science data to document phenology patterns at broad spatial and taxonomic scales.’

It will take place October 14th at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (UTC -4). A short described and registration information is posted below. We hope you can make it!

FLORIDA MUSEUM ILLUSTRATION BY JERALD PINSON

Shifts in the timing of seasonal events (i.e., phenology) are one of the most immediate and apparent responses to global climate change, but data limitations have made examining phenology patterns across greater taxonomic, spatial, and temporal scales challenging. One growing opportunity is leveraging rapidly increasing data resources from citizen science platforms. However, these are biased spatially and taxonomically, potentially leading to erroneous biological conclusions if appropriate data curation and modeling strategies are not used. Here, I will present recent research exploring the novel methods of estimating phenology metrics using incidental citizen science observations. I will the accuracy of phenology estimators across a suite of simulated and empirical examples, and I will also present a case study that showcases a framework that can be used to answer fundamental questions of insect phenology across broad spatial and phylogenetic scales using citizen science records from iNaturalist. Collectively, incidental citizen science data provides a sizable resource for phenological research and continued work to integrate the strengths and weaknesses inherent to these data promises to provide critical insight into pressing ecological issues.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://ufl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwqc–qpjkoHNAYhLgTAt_Quusbg17pfRDQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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