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Aquatic macroinvertebrate identification trainings for volunteers: results of a national materials and practices inventory survey

350 263 Stroud Water Research Center

Louw, M., T. Muenz, J. Roberts, M. Wilson, and S. Kerlin. 2018. Technical report published through the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science. Pittsburgh, PA USA. (CMU-HCII-18-104).

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Abstract

This report presents results from a nationally-administered online survey of citizen science training organizations in freshwater biomonitoring. The responses from 177 trainers detail information about their organizations’ goals, their own background and experience in macroinvertebrate identification, the background and experience of training participants, the methods by which trainers train, the metrics for program evaluation and data reporting, and the materials used in trainings. This report presents a state-of-the-field of volunteer aquatic biomonitoring programs with the aim of informing the design of a digital teaching collection to support taxonomic identification training for benthic macroinvertebrates.