Leveraging Citizen Science for Assessing Biodiversity, While Increasing our Appreciation of (and Sense of) Place
by Tom Hollenhorst, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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About the Presentation
The amount of citizen science activities, applications and data have increased exponentially in the last few years. Fortunately, most of this data has been digitized, or is collected electronically through smart phone applications and websites, so that it is quickly archived and shared via platforms like Inaturalist.org, citsci.org e-bird.org etc. This presentation will show how these platforms and data can be used to assess regional biodiversity while expanding outreach opportunities and community “Sense of Place.”
About the Presenter
Tom Hollenhorst, Ecologist, is interested in applying the principals and techniques of Landscape Ecology to better understand how human caused changes can affect both terrestrial and aquatic habitats. In particular, he has been interested in using geospatial tools and data to delineate and describe watersheds and watershed stressors around the Great Lakes and elsewhere. This is then used to quantify connections and contributions from a watershed to the near shore and receiving bodies of water.
His areas of expertise include developing and applying geospatial tools (GIS) and data as well as working with remotely sensed data (aerial photos, satellite imagery and LiDAR) to provide information for various ecologic studies. He has also been involved in collecting the relevant field data from small boats, large ships and autonomous underwater sensors (via a Slocum G2 and soon a G3 autonomous underwater glider: http://www.teledynemarine.com/slocum-glider) to describe aquatic ecosystem health as related to watershed contributions and loadings in the Great Lakes.
Tom is also interested in how citizen science and DIY sensors and loggers (e.g. www.envirodiy.org) can be used to leverage data collection abilities. This is especially powerful now with smartphone apps like e-bird, zooniverse.org and Inaturalist.org that can provide huge amounts of data to central data frames like the Global Biodiversity Information Framework (www. gbif.org) which now holds literally trillions of observations about our environment.
About the Series
The Interagency Ecological Restoration Quality Committee hosts monthly Webinars in an effort to bring restoration practitioners from across the country together to present and discuss the innovations aimed at improving the quality of ecological restoration data. Presentations are approximately 45 minutes in length, followed by open discussion.
About the Committee
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Great Lakes National Program Office established this Committee (including federal agencies, contractors, and ecological restoration practitioners) in June 2012 to share and develop quality practices that facilitate collection of reliable data for ecological restoration projects funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. This Webinar series supports this collaborative effort; please join us! Contact Lou Blume (USEPA Quality Manager) for more det
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