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for North Carolina Naturalist Vol. 24 Issue 2, Spring 2016
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Digitizing collections data has become a major initiative for the scientific community, but it is also a labor-intensive process that requires staff and funding. Museums are beginning to overcome this problem by enlisting the help of the public through citizen science transcription projects. Soon, citizens will be able to help the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science transcribe data through the new program CitSciScribe.
Peperpot Nature Park in Suriname is a protected area with exceptional biodiversity and is also in close proximity to Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname. As urbanization and land conversion advance, efforts are being made to safeguard the country’s natural resources. Part of this conservation work is led by Dr. Brian O’Shea, who is studying bird populations in the park.
Dr. Julie Urban studies desert hoppers, species of plant hoppers that inhabit North American deserts. Since 2010, she has been collecting plant hoppers from around the world and sequencing their DNA in order to reconstruct their evolutionary relationships. Urban hopes to discover the features that allow desert hoppers to inhabit desert environments.