Invader Detectives—Using iNaturalist to Save the World: Citizen Science with Dr. Sara Tangren

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Thursday, September 8, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


If we could detect invading species before they became widespread, we could prevent a lot of ecological damage and save billions of tax dollars. That’s where community science can play a role. Dr. Tangren will show us how data from citizen science apps, like iNaturalist, are used to detect invading species, map their distributions, and organize management responses.

Then we will discuss a variety of early-phase invader and how you can help by reporting them. The presentation will include an update on the status of the two-horned trapa or water chestnut (Trapa bispinosa).

Dr. Sara Tangren is Coordinator at the National Capital Region Prism. She earned her PhD in Natural Resources and Conservation from the University of Maryland.