This is a list of research projects or researchers who could use the help of iNat users. This help can be searching for specific taxa, recording unique behaviours, or collecting samples or specimens. Make sure to be aware of collection laws when adding research to this list - some species are protected, and it is illegal to collect specimens of them. Don’t add unlawful research to this list.
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Try to include the following information in each entry to the list:
- The taxon being researched, ideally using the scientific name
- The name of the project or researcher for whom the data is being collected
- A link to the instructions for collecting your data properly, the homepage for the project, the iNat profile of the researcher, or whatever other “first step” you can link to.
- If there are no instructions, please specify the best way to get instructions
- If more than one link is needed, add them as extra numbers like this: , , …
- The form of the data being collected. These could be iNat observations, videos of behaviour, leaf/seed samples, specimens, or whatever else.
If you want to add your own project to this list, please do! If you do choose to do that, or if your project is already on this list, ensure that the information provided is accurate, and that the instructions specific to your project are embedded in your list entry.
- Non-vascular plants
- Physcomitrium (“goblet mosses”) for PhyscoHunt - Observations and live cultures
- Vascular plants
- Ginkgo biloba for The Smithsonian Leaf Survey - Leaf samples from wild or planted trees
- Thlaspi arvense (“field penny-cress”) for John Sedbrook - Seed samples - Contact John for instructions
- Acer rubrum (“Red maple”) for TASpeR,  - Leaf samples, one from summer and a second from autumn
- Chestnut tree leaf and twig samples for The American Chestnut Foundation https://acf.org/resources/identification/
- Nanbu-so (Achlys japonica) phenology and ecological relationships, for Jason Hernandez Looking for East Asian botanists for Achlys japonica
- Diplopoda (millipedes) for Derek Hennen - Specimens - Contact Derek for instructions
- Amphipoda for Andrew Cannizaro - Specimens - Contact Andrew for instructions
- Caecidotea (Isopoda) for Sequoia Wrens - linking head pattern to species (for all species, not just for the three listed)(https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/caecidotea-communis-vs-racovitzai-call-for-observations/24181 and https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/asellus-hilgendorfii-call-for-observations/24217) - iNat observations
- Phyllocnistis grape leafminer moths for Charley Eiseman - Specimens. Larvae or pupae dead or alive, or reared adults.
- Undescribed Cornus-mining Nepticulid for Charley Eiseman - Larvae, dead or alive.
- Ichneumonidae for no specific project - Specimens
- Coniontini for @coniontises - Videos/gifs (or less preferably, audio recordings) of vibrating behaviour
- Syrphidae (“hoverflies”) infected with Entomophthora for @herebespiders11,  - specimens. Contact for instructions
- Cryptes baccatus ‘wattle tick scale’ on Acacia for @penelopeuq - Observations with information about the host plant
- Eucera (Peponapis) pruinosa (“squash bees”) for Lopez-Uribe Lab at Penn State, https://lopezuribelab.com/squash-bee-nest-location/
- Feral bees for Lopez-Uribe Lab at Penn State, https://lopezuribelab.com/tracking-feral-bee-health/
- Pictures of Spotted Lanternfly egg masses, https://ansp.org/get-involved/science-at-the-academy/spotted-lanternfly/
- Caddisflies for The Caddisfly Collective at the University of Toronto, see website for instructions https://caddisflycollective.com/ - specimens
- Ants, beetles, and mosquitoes for the DNA Barcoding Network https://dnalc.cshl.edu/programs/citizen.html,  - specimens, contact for instructions
- Hemiptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera, others for Smokies All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory https://dlia.org/priority-taxa/ (updated list of needs), also help IDing species in this project 
- Kissing bugs for Texas A&M - https://kissingbug.tamu.edu/found-a-bug/
- Hydras for @chyland, contact for instructions - specimens
- For the Vietnam government(?) - Identifications in this project.
- For the Smokies All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory - https://dlia.org/priority-taxa/ (updated list of needs), also help IDing species in this project 
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