Cedric Lee Curator

My current objectives:

1) To help @jannvendetti and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County with their research on terrestrial gastropods (dissecting snails and slugs, surveying, making identifications, and molecular work).
Visit this youtube link for more information about SLIME
Dissection Images

2) To strive to be a more well rounded naturalist in terms of species identifications. My current ID strengths are the flora and terrestrial gastropods in Southern California. I'm in the process of learning about centipedes, more specifically Lithobiomorpha.

✭✭About Me✭✭
I became certified as a California naturalist through the UC California Naturalist Program at Pasadena City College in 2013. I have a bachelor's degree in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution and a minor in Conservation Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. I am also a Museum Associate in Malacology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. I've been keeping in mind that every data point is important. By making numerous observations of species at different sites, researchers have a larger sample size to work with. Thus, I contribute to citizen science by mapping as much flora and fauna as I possibly can through this website. This is a great way for me to keep track of and to learn more about what I've seen. Although I've been an iNaturalist user since 2013, it wasn't until 2015 that I committed more time towards making observations and exploring nature. I'm surprised at how much I've learned so far and even more so at how much I have yet to learn.

✭✭My Observations✭✭
The majority of my observations are from Southern California and consists mainly of plants and invertebrates. Most of my recent photos have been taken with the Olympus TG-4 digital camera. I occasionally upload SoundCloud files and observations from my siblings. The majority of my unidentified plants are found in the link below. Any help with these will be greatly appreciated.
Unidentified Plants

✭✭My Identifications✭✭
I usually make IDs on flora/fauna that I am familiar with around Los Angeles County. Sometimes, I mark a location as inaccurate. Accurate location is vital since research graded observations are used by the scientific community. By marking a location as inaccurate, any research grade gets removed. If you think I'm mistaken, please make a comment and I'll fix it. It's also important to limit the accuracy range circle as much as possible if you are manually inputting the observation location.

If you have observations from around Los Angeles County and need help with identifying them (preferably plants, insects, or mollusks), feel free to add "@cedric_lee" in your observation description and I'll take a look.

✭✭My gratitude✭✭
Throughout my time on iNaturalist, members of the community have been extremely helpful. I feel that the community provides an environment that fosters the growth of naturalists such as myself. It is impossible for one person to be well versed in all of the taxa on this planet, thus when groups of experts and amateurs from around the world are interacting with each other on a social platform, we all essentially have the potential to learn from each other. I am grateful to all the iNat users that have helped me learn more about nature.

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✭✭Identification Websites✭✭
This is a compilation of various websites that I have found to be useful in identifying wildlife in California, though some of them are helpful for other regions as well.

Plants of California
1. http://www.calflora.org/
2. http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html
3. http://tchester.org/plants/index.html

Reptiles and Amphibians of California
http://www.californiaherps.com/index.html

Insects and Arachnids of North America and Canada
http://bugguide.net/node/view/15740

Insects and Diseases of California Oaks
http://www.suddenoakdeath.org/pdf/psw_gtr197.pdf

California Oak Galls
http://joycegross.com/galls_ca_oak.php

Terrestrial Gastropods
http://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/pdf/8336.pdf
http://www.sanbi.org/sites/default/files/documents/documents/bioseries15introterrestmollusca.pdf
http://www.carnegiemnh.org/science/mollusks/va_imagegallery.html
http://www.brerc.eclipse.co.uk/files/BRERC_snail_key.pdf
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1v7ndnxQdNznHG9PLUII3j6mC30SBcxpayWwanltTXkI/edit?pref=2&pli=1#gid=0
http://www.naturespot.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/Land%20Snails%20Key%20version%20%202.1.1%20ii2016%20illustrated.pdf

Freshwater Gastropods of North America
http://www.fwgna.org/species.html
http://molluskconservation.org/MServices_gastropods.html

Intertidal Invertebrates of California
https://people.ucsc.edu/~mcduck/DreamWeaver/index.html

Introduced Aquatic Species in the US
https://nas.er.usgs.gov/default.aspx

UK Hemiptera
http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/gallery.html

Mirids
http://research.amnh.org/pbi/catalog/index.php

British Myriapods and Isopods
http://www.bmig.org.uk/home

Centipedes
http://chilobase.biologia.unipd.it/searches/geographic_search
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-amBDUhqrdxXAGu-T63Ikeji9K4TEXz76Tn8GPhtCz4/edit?usp=sharing

Scale Insects
http://scalenet.info/media/scaledb/flatcat/Coccidae.htm
https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/ppd/PDF/Technical_Series_01.pdf

Zooplankton of North America
http://cfb.unh.edu/cfbkey/html/begin.html

Windscorpions
http://www.solpugid.com/Key%20to%20Families.htm

Moths of North America
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/Plates.shtml

North American Bird Feathers
https://www.fws.gov/lab/featheratlas/index.php

Cicada songs
http://www.insectsingers.com/100th_meridian_cicadas/western_species.html

Millipedes
https://www.fieldmuseum.org/sites/default/files/hoffman_checklist_1999.pdf

Etc.
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identotron
http://www.animalbase.uni-goettingen.de
http://idtools.org/
http://biodiversitylibrary.org/
http://gbif.org/
http://nathistoc.bio.uci.edu/
http://www.boldsystems.org/
https://www.hathitrust.org/about
http://www.discoverlife.org/

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