Cole Gaerber Curator

Joined: Jul 23, 2016 Last Active: Feb 10, 2023 iNaturalist Canada

All-around amateur naturalist from Vancouver BC, currently studying Geological Sciences at Queen's University. Primarily interested in disjunct populations, ultramafic flora/serpentine endemics, glacial refugia, and convincing people not to rely on the iNat AI for identifications. I'm always trying to get out into the field as much as possible and learn further how to ID different taxa. Please tag me if you want me to explain any ID I've made, as I still make mistakes like everyone else. :)

I became a curator to add missing species to iNaturalist taxonomy and fix establishment statuses/common names - If you see a missing taxon that needs to be added, species to be marked as introduced, common name changed, etc. feel free to PM me instead of waiting weeks for a flag to be addressed. Happy to add any taxon providing it's accepted by the taxonomic authorities that iNat follows and isn't otherwise controversial or already flagged.

I'm currently in a big backlog of responding to notifications -- I will catch up eventually.

iNat tips/tricks:

iNat Search URL Filter tips/tricks:

  • How to use iNaturalist Search URLs Wiki - Immensely useful resource to narrow down your searches. A few shortcuts below:
  • &unobserved_by_user_id=yourusername - filter for only species you haven't seen
  • &introduced=false&hrank=species - exclude introduced species (only show natives and those not yet marked as introduced or native within a jurisdiction)
  • &per_page=200 - on Identify pages, change 30 results per page to 200
  • iNat Compare Tool - Use search filters to create different lists and find the differences between them. Extremely wide range of uses from tracking out-of-range observations to finding species only recorded in a place in the current year. Example - species of a few dicot orders that had their first research-grade observation in British Columbia in 2022.

Projects I've started:

Lists I've put together, mostly of remote island endemics to find species missing from iNat taxonomy:

Collection Projects: A way of tracking observations within selected parameters/species lists

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