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How One Entomologist is Digging Deep Into Data on Insect Declines

Meet Mike Crossley, Ph.D., whose research applying ecoinformatics to insect abundance and diversity trends earned him a spot in the Early Career Professional Recognition Symposium at Entomology 2021. Learn more about Crossley and his work in the next installment of our "Standout Early Career Professionals" series.

3D model of parasitoid wasp

Could NFTs Fund the Discovery of New Insect Species?

An entomologist envisions a future in which non-fungible tokens (NFTs) could drive collecting of 3D virtual models of insect holotype specimens, thereby subsidizing increased digitization of entomological collections and discovery of new species.

NEON pitfall trap

What’s That Beetle? Ask the Algorithm

Can machine learning be used for accurate species identification of beetles and other invertebrates? Researchers using carabid beetle data from the National Ecological Observatory Network created an algorithm that reached 85 percent accuracy on unidentified images. Eventually, they hope machine learning could one day be used to classify unidentified species in NEON bycatch and answer new questions about invertebrate diversity and abundance across North America.

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