[Taxacom] The Timema Discovery Project goes public!
dyanega at ucr.edu
Thu Mar 29 13:18:11 CDT 2018
Hi, everyone. Today is the big day for our formal announcement "rolling
out" a new website for an international biological crowdsourcing effort:
*The Timema Discovery Project (TDP)
/Timema/ is an unusual genus of "stick insects" endemic to the Western
US, and they have been the subject of a considerable amount of
high-profile research by a number of people over the last few decades.
Bernie Crespi (Simon Fraser Univ.), Patrik Nosil (University of
Sheffield), Tanja Schwander (University of Lausanne), and Victor
Soria-Carrasco (University of Sheffield) are among the primary
investigators, and I'll be assisting them and their collaborators by
trying to unravel the taxonomy and biogeography of this group.
To better accomplish this, we are looking to recruit both professional
biologists and "citizen scientists" to contribute fresh specimens and/or
data, to help fill in the many gaps in the existing information on
genetics, morphology, phenology, feeding habits, and distribution. There
are several undescribed species, and questions regarding existing
species boundaries, that simply can't be addressed confidently without
more specimens and/or data.
If you, or your friends and colleagues, live or do field work in
*California* or *Arizona* (or bordering regions of Oregon, Nevada, and
Baja California in Mexico), the odds are good that you can help!
The present (though possibly temporary) home of the website is at
and you can go there for more information about the project, the timemas
themselves, the collaborators, the existing literature, and step-by-step
instructions for the best way to gather and submit specimens to assist
us. We were hoping to have the online key and image gallery functional
before going public, but the /Timema/ season is now starting in the low
desert, so we can't wait any longer!
PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD!
We are considering creating a project-specific FaceBook page, but as the
aim is to reach as broad an audience as possible, for the time being we
hope to use the existing FaceBook pages for *BugGuide*
(https://www.facebook.com/groups/19833784207/) and *SW US Arthropods*
(https://www.facebook.com/groups/SWInsects/) as places where people can
post photos and make information requests. If this proves impractical
then we will create a stand-alone FB page.
On behalf of myself and the other TDP researchers, we very much
appreciate any and all contributions to the project!
Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314 skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
"There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82
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