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Evening online talk 2022 – Sophia Ratcliffe

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2 November 2022 @ 19:30 20:45

The Royal Entomological Society organises insect science conferences and events around the UK and the world for people at all stages of career and interest.

Becoming a member entitles you to discounted (and sometimes free) access to the majority of events.

The Royal Entomological Society’s online talk series

These online meetings take place on the first Wednesday of the month from 19.30 to 20.45 (UK time).

There will also be an opportunity to hear some exciting updates about the Society and its activities.

Note: All attendees, including members, must register below to receive the link to attend the talk.

Sophia Ratcliffe

Speaker: Sophia Ratcliffe

NBN Atlas Data Manager

31 million and counting – Insect records on the NBN Atlas

The National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Atlas is the UK’s largest repository of publicly available biodiversity data. With more than 200 million records of 50,000 UK species it is a vital resource for those who wish to understand and protect nature. 

This talk will introduce the NBN Trust, the charity that runs the NBN Atlas, and iNaturalistUK, the collaboration between the NBN Trust, Biological Records Centre and Marine Biological Association, which supports and promotes the use of iNaturalist for wildlife recording in the UK. I will present an overview of the 31 million insect records on the NBN Atlas, including how well different insect groups are represented on the NBN Atlas, explore examples of how entomologists are using iNaturalistUK for their recording, and illustrate the impact of sharing wildlife records both nationally and internationally through the Global Biodiversity Forum (GBIF). The flow of records into – and out of – the NBN Atlas, including the automated transfer of records from iRecord and iNaturalistUK, will be discussed, and we will go through the guidance on submitting records to iNaturalistUK to make sure that every record can play its part in restoring nature.

After completing her PhD. on competition and coexistence in annual plant communities, Sophia spent several years as a database and software developer. She moved back into academia working partly as the data manager for a European-wide project investigating the importance of biodiversity in European forests. Sophia has worked as an ecologist doing Phase One habitat surveys and volunteered as a biological recorder for her local Wildlife Trust.


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