April 25, 2016

Jann Vendetti Talking at SDSU on the Molluscan Fauna of Southern California

Fellow citizen scientists,

Jann Vendetti, Ph.D., curator of mollusks at the Natural History Museum of LA County and administrator of the iNaturalist SLIME project (http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/slime) will be talking at SDSU this Wednesday night. You are all invited and encouraged to attend. It would be great to get to meet many of you, and to touch base on our interests in southern California malacology. More information is below. Feel free to invite or forward to others. If you have any questions please ask.

Best wishes,

Title: Diversity at our feet: the under-appreciated molluscan fauna of Southern California
Date: Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Time: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Location: LS 269

Please join the NHC@SDSU for our last club meeting of the academic year. We are excited to host Jann Vendetti, Twila Bratcher Chair in Malacological Research, from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Dr. Vendetti will talk to us about the considerable amateur interest in Southern California native terrestrial gastropods and the recent iNaturalist project SLIME, created by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, has been instrumental in cataloging this fauna's biodiversity. Some surprising findings include where first occurrences of species have been found in Southern California and the composition of the non-native fauna. I'll discuss some interesting results from the iNaturalist SLIME project and City Nature Challenge (L.A. vs. S.F.) as well as methods to non-lethally collect DNA data from species of imperiled status. More information on Dr. Vendetti can be seen here: http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/malacology/staff-biographies

The Natural History Club is a student-run organization that focuses on educating its members about topics related to natural history, with particular emphasis on the biodiversity of Southern California. The club holds regular meetings on campus featuring invited speakers, and we take frequent field trips to observe and interact with native wildlife. Faculty, staff, graduates, and undergraduates with an interest in the natural history of Southern California are encouraged to attend. Please join us!

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April 06, 2016

Thank You

Thank you for sharing your gastropod observations with this project.

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