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Who’s your Scientist?!!

Over the weekend of June 10-12th, the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative invites you to participate in our Citizen Science Weekend to learn more about the research that is being conducted on Nantucket by local scientists and how you can be involved. All of the weekend’s events are free and open to the public! Come learn about “critter cams” used to study the behavior of snapping turtles, how to use smartphone apps to document new locations of invasive species, hear about the history of the Maria Mitchell scientific collections, learn about the ecology of sandplain grasslands, help preserve Nantucket’s biodiversity by eradicating garlic mustard and MORE!

Detailed event descriptions, registration information, a complete schedule of events can be found on the NBI website.

On Friday, June 10th, at 6:30 pm, please join us in the Great Hall at the Nantucket Atheneum for our keynote speaker, Dr. Tobias Landberg. Dr. Landberg will present on the “Behavioral Ecology and Conservation of Snapping Turtles”. Dr. Landberg is an integrative biologist at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania. Using National Geographic Society’s “CritterCam”, Dr. Landberg and his colleagues have studied snapping turtles in Connecticut for over 8 years. This remote imaging technology has allowed a unique view into the lives of snapping turtles that had never been seen before. They use the footage that the turtles themselves film to analyze their diving and breathing behaviors as well as their interactions with other creatures in ponds and lakes that were previously inaccessible to researchers.

T Landberg bearded snapper

Dr. Tobias Landberg

schedule of events 2016

Please see our website for a complete listing and description of all the weekend’s events and register soon as most events will have an attendance cap! Hope to see many new faces at NBI Citizen Science Weekend! Who’s Your Scientist?!