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Naturalist App

Field guide app for our reserve

In collaboration with the UC Merced Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve, the Naturalist App Engineering Service Learning team, is creating a searchable field guide of the reserve to aid in tours for 6-12 grade audiences. The field app highlights the area’s plants, animals, geology, history, and climate, with a map interface.To better serve visitors to The UC Merced Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve, the Naturalist App Engineering Service Learning team is creating a mobile application that will serve as a site specific field guide. This app will enhance community access and understanding of the Reserve via the development of a field guide to our local flora and fauna, and localized trails, and landmarks.  Additionally, the app will serve as a tool to aid researchers at the Vernal Pool Reserve to better analyze and identify flora and fauna that live within the Merced Vernal Pools Reserve by providing opportunities to document spatial and environmental data using mobile devices to a centralized Reserve database.

 

 

Faculty Adviser

Thomas Hothem

 

 

 

 

 

Community Partner:
Merced Vernal Pools Grassland Reserve

The mission of the University of California Natural Reserve System is to contribute to the understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth and its natural systems by supporting university-level teaching, research, and public service at protected natural areas throughout California. Read more at: http://nrs.ucop.edu.

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