The California Plant Phylodiversity Project has a citizen science component that collaboratively brings together botanical researchers and members of the general public. In conjunction with the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) we are helping to organize CNPS enthusiasts who know plants well, to coordinate efforts to find plant material (including vouchers) from important California taxa missing from the dataset. A number of workshops on the tree of life and comparative methods (with emphasis on applications to conservation) and training in collecting techniques will be run during the course of the project. We have formed a "California Plant Phylogeny Working Group" within CNPS, and are excited about the opportunity for us and our students to work more closely with "amateur" botanists who in truth know more about plants in the field than most "professionals"! This outreach is done in collaboration with the existing CNPS Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Program.
Below are a list of featured articles on the project and training workshops that are open to members of the general public to attend.
Hunting for Green Treasure - McLaughlin Treasure Hunt
California Phylogeny Working Group - CNPS Bulletin
Big data guides conservation - Nature Communications publication press
3. Forthcoming, October 9th, 2015: Training workshop in plant phylogeny, collecting techniques, and data needs, to be held in association with the Southern California Botanists Symposium. Registration information and handouts here.
2. McLaughlin Natural Reserve: April 24-26, 2015: Training workshop in plant phylogeny, collecting techniques, and data needs, held at the, Inner Coast Range near Lower Lake, CA.
1. January 13-17, 2015, San Jose, CA: Kick-off workshop, presentations, and luncheon for the California Plant Phylogeny Working Group held at the California Native Plant Society Conservation Conference.
Rare Plant Treasure Hunts
The California Native Plant Society has been running Rare Plant Treasure Hunts (RPTH) for members of the general public since 2010. The California Plant Phylodiversity Project has teamed up with the RPTH to help find plants that are rare and also needed for DNA sequencing in the project. For more information go to the treasure hunt website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.