CALS Entomologist Invited to White House

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Black and blue butterfly in the UA CALS Department of Entomology

Katy Prudic, assistant research professor in the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Entomology, is invited to the White House to participate in the citizen science forum on September 30th, 2015.

Prudic is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the eButterfly citizen science project that is maximizing the utility and accessibility of the vast numbers of butterfly observations, photographs, and collections made each year by recreational and professional butterfly enthusiasts.

Even though the website is still young, the database already has over 227,000 butterfly observations since its start in 2014.

Per the eButterfly website, “eButterfly is an international, data driven project dedicated to butterfly biodiversity, conservation, and education.” eButterfly includes monthly and yearly statistics of global butterfly sightings and other resources accessible by anyone worldwide.

The White House live-webcast forum will bring together citizen science professionals, researchers, and stakeholders to celebrate the contributions of citizen science to advancing knowledge and serving society. It will also enable cross-sector discussions to spur bigger, better, and bolder citizen science across a number of important challenges facing the Nation, such as the preservation of pollinators.

A live stream of this event can be viewed here from 8am to 12pm EDT (11am to 3pm local time) on the day of the forum.

To read more about Prudic and her research, check out the Arizona Daily Star article at the link below.

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