Memorial-founded website enlists citizen scientists for data collection

October 17, 2013

Academics at Memorial University have created www.NLNature.com, a website that asks residents and tourists to post their sightings of plants, animals and other interesting features of the province’s landscape, contributing to MUN’s conservation, monitoring and education efforts. “The data collected on the nature tracker site can potentially be used to monitor local wildlife, inform conservation policy, protect endangered species, educate students and the public about local history, and develop innovative approaches to information modeling, information management and information systems development,” said Yolanda Wiersma, a MUN landscape ecologist and one of the website creators. In the future, the group would like to get funding to make it easier to post findings via smartphones and mobile devices. MUN Today