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RW Moriarty Science Seminar: David Foltz
January 13, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Speaker: David Foltz
“Making Impacts with Opportunistic Surveys and Data.”
Impactful contributions to science are often thought of as grand scale projects requiring immense funding carried out by professors or doctors working at large universities and museums. While this can quite often be the case, many people overlook the impacts of smaller scale studies and projects, which often serve as the building blocks of larger projects and the collective understanding on information available in a given field of study. Due to this disconnect, many people, particularly young scientists, can often feel as though they cannot contribute anything of value, which is fundamentally false. During this talk, we will look at a variety of opportunistic small-scale biological and ecological studies and contributions to projects that have resulted in furthering the knowledge of their respective fields. We will discuss immediate and future impacts of such projects. For young scientists and the general public, we will provide insight and suggestions on how they can get involved and better contribute to their fields. For professors, curators, and state and federal agency personnel, we will provide suggestions on how to best utilize these individuals and their data should they reach out to you.