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Monday, January 29 • 3:20pm - 3:40pm
SYMPOSIA-01: Monarch Eggs and Caterpillars, Data, Data Management, and Data Quality: A Case Study

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AUTHORS. Karen Oberhauser, University of Wisconsin-Madison

ABSTRACT. Much of what we know about the population dynamics of monarch butterflies comes from data collected by citizen scientists observing monarch eggs, larvae, adults, natural enemies, migration, and overwintering clusters. These citizen scientists, volunteering in about a dozen different programs, have been called a research army for conservation, but the use of data from these programs in scientific publications and to inform conservation action has a) been inconsistent across programs, and b) requires careful quality assurance.  I’ll give a brief background on monarch citizen science, and use one program, the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP), to summarize approaches to quality control. The widespread use of MLMP data in publications by both project personnel and other researchers attests to the success of data management techniques.

Monday January 29, 2018 3:20pm - 3:40pm CST