Translational Science Education Using iNaturalist

Open-access article out today about the use of iNaturalist in California schools as part of the translational science education framework.
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fenvs.2021.800433/full
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I’m excited about how we show that different ages of students collect complementary observations, with younger students observing more plants while older students observe more mammals and birds. We also see that we aren’t leveling off our species accumulation curves even with lots of observers, so each new observer is often adding new species. I think it highlights that different people see different things, which makes citizen and community science so powerful because you get to see the environment through so many different perspectives.

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