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Friday, August 17 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Empowering Citizen Scientists to Collect Research-Grade Data and Specimens on Fungi Forays

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Fungal museum specimens provide verifiable evidence that a species existed in a specific place and time.Thus, they are becoming all the more important as scientists push to study ecological and evolutionarychange of this understudied kingdom.

Fungi forays offer magnificent opportunities for citizen scientists and mushroom enthusiasts to set out and collect fungi specimens that can be added to museum collections and be used for research. However, the amount and quality of data associated with a specimen is often the limiting factor that determines what research questions can be pursued. All the more, we cannot predict future research questions and therefore must improve our efforts to arm scientists of the 22nd century with data rich specimens.

Here I provide a training on how to use the iNaturalist smart phone application as a way to empower foray participants with minimal training to collect data rich specimens.

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Rick Levy

Rick studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he wenton to get a master’s degree in Museum and Field Studies with a focus on grasshopper ecology. Rickjoined the Denver Botanic Gardens Department of Research and Conservation in 2014 as... Read More →

Friday August 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

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