Just wanted to share a new paper that Greg Pauly, a herpetologist with the Natural History Museum of LA County, wrote to me about. I got to know Greg a few years ago when I interviewed (see video below) about iNat, and he’s used it a lot in his research.
Greg and his coauthors surveyed an area from which a species of native frog had been extirpated after they came across two observations by @finatic and @jaykeller (who for a long time were the top two observers on iNat). Turns out the frogs in the observations were a non-native species that through rapid morphological change now looked similar to the extirpated species.
Pretty cool, you never know what your observation may spark.