Connecting Students to Citizen Science and Curated Collections

Students Contributing to Our Understanding of Global Biodiversity

II. Learning Objectives

Students completing this assignment will be able to:

  1. Maintain professional-quality specimen collection notes.
  2. Collect plant specimens from the field using proper techniques and including adequate material for identification.
  3. Identify unknown plant specimens using multiple forms of reliable evidence.
  4. Prepare and deposit research-quality herbarium specimens.
  5. Deposit species and occurrence data into national/international databases.
  6. Explain the importance of herbaria in plant biology research.
  7. Discuss the value of large data sets for investigating large spatial- or temporal-scale phenomena.
  8. Evaluate the importance of citizen scientists to large data sets.