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Friday, May 19 • 10:15am - 11:15am
D-07: Symposium: A Diversity of BioBlitz Approaches

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A Diversity of BioBlitz Approaches: Learning from the Past, Innovating for the Future
Organizer: Carrie Seltzer
The goal of this symposium is to share ideas and encourage discussion of best practices among people interested in BioBlitzes. BioBlitzes, which aim to find, identify, and document as many species as possible in a defined area during a short period of time, offer an introduction to citizen science for many people. A BioBlitz is a popular and effective technique for parks, schools and other organizations to learn more about what lives nearby, teach scientific skills and generate useful scientific data while cultivating a community of experts, teachers, students, and neighbors. There are many different ways to organize BioBlitzes depending on the audience and goals. This symposium brings together speakers who have organized BioBlitzes with a diversity of audiences, focuses, regions, and host institutions to share the evolution of their approaches (including pitfalls and lessons learned) in the areas of developing successful project goals, inclusion and diversity, sharing results, and advancing science education. Introduced by the National Geographic Society and moderated by a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, this session will highlight perspectives from Encyclopedia of Life, the National Park Service, an undergraduate setting, a Biotech company, and national and international NGOs. The eight lightning talks will provide context for a moderated panel discussion, which will segue to a discussion including questions and ideas from the audience.


Introduction to Symposium
Mary Ford, National Geographic

Bioblitz in the Mangroves of the Colombian Caribbean coast: Building new partnerships for conservation and sustainable use of urban nature
Vivianna Mourra, Ecoprogreso

Introducing a new role to improve BioBlitz data collection with iNaturalist
Kelly Coy, National Park Service - Biological Resources Division

It's Time to Get Nerdy with Nature: Urban BioBlitz Events as an Opportunity for Participant Engagement and Empowerment
Curtis Bennett, National Aquarium

MicroBioBlitzes: tips, tricks, and tools for exploring the large diversity of the microcosmos
Damon Tighe, Bio-Rad Laboratories / California Center for Natural History

Students in the field: Using a BioBlitz as an authentic undergraduate research experience in a non-majors science course
Kelly O'Donnell, Macaulay Honors College - City University of New York

The Encyclopedia of Life: Biodiversity information and tools to support BioBlitzes
Marie Studer, Encyclopedia of Life;
Co-Authors: Amy Lorenz, EOL Project Coordinator; Anne Haywood, Mountain to Sea Education

What's next for bioblitzes?
Rebecca Johnson, California Academy of Sciences

Panel & Audience Discussion 
Carrie Seltzer, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Felow, (Fellow at) National Science Foundation

Friday May 19, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Meeting Rooms 10, 11 & 12