Today (19 Nov): Webinar on New Macroinvertebrates Tool/Website


Photo of people working to monitor macroinvertebrates

On Tuesday, 19 November, at 2:30 p.m. EST, the National Water Quality Monitoring Council will host a webinar, “Volunteer Monitoring: Macroinvertebrates.org.” Pre-registration is required.

The Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University with Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Stroud Water Research Center, and Clemson University have officially launched www.macroinvertebrates.org, the online Atlas of Common Freshwater Macroinvertebrates of Eastern North America. The expanded collection includes features nine orders of aquatic insects plus other benthic macroinvertebrates commonly used in water quality biomonitoring and environmental education, with 150 taxa total.

During the 19 November webinar, Marti Louw (Carnegie Mellon University) and Tara Muenz (Stroud Water Research Center) will provide an overview of how this National Science Foundation funded project used a participatory design process with an interdisciplinary team of entomologists, educators, designers, and learning researchers in cooperation with regional volunteer biomonitoring organizations involved in water quality assessment. In addition, they will demonstrate site features and functionality and cover how this open educational resource can be used to support macroinvertebrate identification training with volunteers and students to improve confidence, accuracy, and engagement.

To register for the webinar, click here. (Note: The webinar will be recorded. If you are interested in the topic, but cannot join live, register anyway. All registrants will receive links to a pdf version of the webinar, as well as to the YouTube presentation.)



News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office


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