Using iNaturalist Phenology Data

I’ve recently started annotating the phenology of iNaturalist observations of Malacothamnus to see how useful this would be for my research. Phenology is most prominent in climate change research at the moment where researchers are trying to document shifts in flowering time due to climate change. It is also useful in assessing possible reproductive barriers between species. For plant groups that can hybridize like Malacothamnus, geographic distance between species is a major reproductive barrier, but for those growing near each other, offset flowering times can reduce gene flow. Using a combination of iNaturalist observations, herbarium specimens, and other data resources, I can get a better idea of when different Malacothamnus are doing what phenologically.

To start, it is worth taking a look at an iNaturalist plant profile where you can see the phenology data displayed. ...more ↓

Posted on April 30, 2020 20:20 by keirmorse keirmorse | 3 comments | Leave a comment
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I'm a PhD student researching bush-mallows (the genus Malacothamnus) and decided to use iNaturalist as a way of pulling together observations both to help see what is going on and to help others identify them.

Bush-mallows are a challenging group of plants to identify, partly because they are extremely variable and partly because a lot more research needs to be done to sort out ...more ↓

Mini keirmorse created this project on September 09, 2016
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