INat was mentioned as a data source for a recently published University of Georgia study on range expansion for the introduced Joros spider (Trichonephila clavata): " The researchers used records from iNaturalist to track sightings of the spiders across Georgia throughout the year. iNaturalist is a joint venture from the National Geographic Society and California Academy of Sciences that plots user reports of animals to create location data on a variety of species."
for full article see: https://phys.org/news/2022-03-joro-spiders-state-georgia-colonize.html
Andrew K. Davis et al, Physiological evaluation of newly invasive jorō spiders (Trichonephila clavata) in the southeastern U.S. compared to their naturalized cousin, Trichonephila clavipes, Physiological Entomology (2022). DOI: 10.1111/phen.12385