I'm a post-doctoral researcher at the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford where I do research on climate change impacts on ecosystems and agriculture. My interest in iNaturalist stemmed from a desire to scale the biodiversity data we need to make good conservation decisions. I've been co-directing iNat with Ken-ichi Ueda since November 2010. This semester, I'll be lecturing a geography class at UC Berkeley that relies heavily on iNat.


loarie's favorite taxa

Coastal Tailed Frog - Photo (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Coastal Tailed Frog Info
The tailed frogs are two species of frogs in the genus Ascaphus, the only taxon in the family Ascaphidae /æˈskæfɨdiː/. The "tail" in the name is actually an extension of the male cloaca. The tail is one of two distinctive anatomical features adapting the species to life in fast-flowing streams. It is the only North American frog that reproduces by internal fertilization. (From Wikipedia)
African Elephant - Photo (c) David Bygott, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
African Elephant Info
The African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana) is the larger of the two species of African elephant. Both it and the African forest elephant have usually been classified as a single species, known simply as the African elephant, but recent evidence has seen the forest elephant classified as a distinct species. Some authorities still consider the currently available evidence as insufficient for splitting African elephants into two species. (From Wikipedia)
American Pika - Photo (c) Daniele Colombo, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
American Pika Info
The American pika (Ochotona princeps), a diurnal species of pika, is found in the mountains of western North America, usually in boulder fields at or above the tree line. They are herbivorous, smaller relatives of rabbits and hares. (From Wikipedia)

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