Abstract Detail

Education and Outreach

Lujan, Manuel [1], Warner, Kellan [2], Nagalingum, Nathalie [2].

How San Francisco highschool students are using drones and herbarium collections to uncover Australian Cycads diversity.

For almost 25 years the California Academy of Sciences has offered the Careers in Science (CiS) Intern Program to provide San Francisco youth from communities traditionally underrepresented in STEM with opportunities to immerse themselves in the sciences. Students participating in the 2019-2020 Botany project used drone footage to describe demographic characteristics of endangered Australian Cycas populations. In a second stage of the project, students used herbarium specimens to study a number of morphological characters that are been used to describe the phenotypic variation among Cycas populations. Results from these investigations are critical to evaluate species conservation status and will serve to inform conservation efforts. We demonstrate how students in early stages of their education can greatly contribute to high-impact scientific research while developing critical skills to gather and analyze data.

1 - California Academy Of Sciences, Botany, 55 Music Concourse , San Francisco, CA, 94118, United States
2 - California Academy of Sciences

herbarium specimens
Australian Cycas

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: EO2, Education and Outreach I: Outreach & Pedagogy
Location: Virtual/Virtual
Date: Thursday, July 30th, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM
Number: EO2001
Abstract ID:435
Candidate for Awards:None

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