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2022 lectures made possible by a gift from Mark and Kathy Helge

January - TBD
 

Land Snails in Los Angeles: An Experiment in Urban Citizen Science

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By Dr. Jann Elizabeth Vendetti, Associate Curator and Twila Bratcher Chair in Malacology
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

The land snail and slug fauna of Los Angeles County, like that of many other metropolitan areas, is under-surveyed and under-studied. To address this shortfall, in 2015 the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County began a citizen/community science project called SLIME (Snails and Slugs Living in Metropolitan Environments), focused on the terrestrial malacofauna from Southern California. As of early 2022, there have been more than 18,000 observations added to the project and approximately 100 species documented. Results have included first occurrence records for several species within Southern California counties and the documentation of range extents and limits of native and introduced taxa.
 

The outreach aspect of the project has engaged students and school groups, museum associates and members, and other community groups. The success of SLIME has been replicated with similar iNaturalist projects elsewhere in the U.S., including in Atlanta, Georgia and Seattle, Washington. In this talk, Dr. Vendetti will share highlights and insights of building a successful citizen science movement in the nation's largest urban area, and surprising discoveries about land snail and slug species in Los Angeles.

About the speaker: Jann Vendetti is Associate Curator of Malacology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the co-director of the Museum's Urban Nature Research Center. She is interested in the natural history, evolution, systematics, and conservation of marine and terrestrial snails. Jann joined the museum in 2014 and has focused on collections-based research and the Snails and slugs Living in Metropolitan Environments (SLIME) project, championing the important role of citizen/community science to understanding terrestrial gastropod biodiversity. Jann earned her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley's Department of Integrative Biology and Museum of Paleontology, and had a postdoctoral fellowship at California State University, Los Angeles, which was partially funded by a Smithsonian Encyclopedia of Life Rubenstein Fellowship. 

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