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2020 AAS Virtual Summer Symposium

The AAS & iNaturalist: Exploring opportunities for research and community science

Saturday, June 27, 12-2 pm PT / 3-5 pm ET

As the inaugural members of the new Community Science Subcommittee of AAS, we are excited to invite you to participate in a special iNaturalist Workshop at this summer’s virtual AAS meeting:

Leader: Dr. Marshal Hedin, Professor, Department of Biology, San Diego State University (https://marshalhedinlab.com/)

Overview: As many of you already know, iNATURALIST (www.inaturalist.org) is a phone app/online tool used to record the natural world, crowdsource species identifications, and more generally, connect people to nature. To date, over one million global users have made over 40 million observations.

During this workshop and discussion, we will illustrate the basics of iNAT use, display some advanced features, and then discuss how iNAT might be (and has been) used by the AAS both for research and community science. 

If you are new to iNAT and interested in this forum, we ask that you download the app to your phone (simply Google "iNaturalist"), and test drive the app beforehand. iNaturalist has many nice video tutorials here: (https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/video+tutorials).

If an established user, please join us and bring your ideas for an AAS iNAT collaboration.

Details: A 35-45 minute talk/live session followed by a ~45 minute discussion will take place on Saturday 27th June 12-2 pm PT / 3-5 pm ET

Objectives: During and following this workshop, we hope to accomplish the following:

We sincerely hope that you will participate in this first-ever AAS-sponsored iNaturalist workshop and we look forward to working with you and hearing your ideas.

Warmest wishes,
MarshalHedin (Co-Leader) and Catherine Scott (Co-Leader)