BioBlitz!

The primary function of a BioBlitz is to document the biodiversity of a given area, often one of ecological interest. All branches of Biology are known to be involved in such events, but UCFC specializes in finding and identifying invertebrates.

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To date, UCFC has participated in two BioBlitz events: The Wekiva Basin BioBlitz (Spring, 2012) and The Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area BioBlitz (Spring, 2013). Both of these journeys into the field yielded a wide breadth of collected invertebrate specimens preserved in 100% ethanol and currently being incorporated into the UCFC Insect Genomic Collection (UCFC-IGC) for the future use of inquisitive researchers, primarily involved in molecular studies. Additionally, specimens have been identified to at least a morphospecies level and number around 500 (approximately around 8% of how many species actually exists in the sampled areas). Perhaps, most importantly, these Blitzes have been used as a tool to give large numbers of undergraduates field experience, something noticeably lacking from most university experiences in the life sciences these days.

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If you are interested in having the UCFC Invertebrate Team participate in your Bioblitz event or you would like to propose such an event, please contact Derek A. Woller (dwoller [at] knights.ucf.edu) to receive or give more information. We look forward to working with you!