SCGIS Webinar: Using community science to predict extinctions and monitor threatened species

This webinar might be of interest to iNaturalist users and City Nature Challenge Participants.

CGIS Webinar: Using community science to predict extinctions and monitor threatened species

Start: March 4, 2021 @ 10AM PT
End: March 4, 2021 @ 11AM PT
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Date/time: Thursday, March 4 at 10am PT

Presenter: Peter Soroye

Description: Community science (CS) programs (also called citizen science), like iNaturalist, eBird, or eButterfly, allow volunteers to report species observations from anywhere and anytime, and can assemble huge volumes of data much faster than traditional data collection programs. This is a great potential opportunity for conservation management and global change research. By comparing one of these CS datasets to a more traditional dataset of professionally collected observations, we find that CS generates substantial new information on species distributions and phenologies. In complement with professional data, CS can provide a better understanding of species and communities. Given the power of CS programs to generate data on wildlife, CS presents an interesting alternative or complement to traditional threatened species monitoring. Using iNaturalist as an example, we examine the benefits and limitations of using CS data for this purpose.

Bio: Peter Soroye is a PhD Student at the University of Ottawa. He is a conservation biologist studying the impacts of climate change and land use change on biodiversity across the globe, with the goal of informing conservation management and policy to find more effective ways of protecting species and reversing declines of biodiversity. Read more about Peter and his work at

CBI presents this webinar in partnership with the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS). To learn more about this organization, please visit

CBI Staff

Rebecca Degagne, M.S.
Geospatial Scientist | Conservation Biologist

Publicado por bprbioblitz bprbioblitz, 19 de febrero de 2021


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