Citizen science is a research collaboration between scientists and volunteers who provide data for education, conservation, and environmental protection. Volunteers, often the locals in the area, provide data on species occurrence while researchers perform distribution mapping or other data analysis. Social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr can be used as platforms for the public to share their photos of species and for scientists to aid in identification. In this article, we show how social media groups can be used to generate data on species distribution of myxomycetes.
Citizen Taxonomy in Social Media: The Use of Facebook for Mapping Species Distribution of Myxomycetes
THOMAS EDISON E. DELA CRUZ (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a professor of microbiology at the Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science, and group leader of the Fungal Biodiversity, Ecogenomics and Systematics (FBeS) group, Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences, at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines.
CARLO OLIVER M. OLAYTA (email@example.com) is a laboratory technician at the Laboratory Equipment and Supplies Office (LESO) and a student at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, pursuing a master’s degree in microbiology.
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Thomas Edison E. dela Cruz, Carlo Oliver M. Olayta; Citizen Taxonomy in Social Media: The Use of Facebook for Mapping Species Distribution of Myxomycetes. The American Biology Teacher 1 April 2022; 84 (4): 189–194. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2022.84.4.189
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