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Abstract for 2015 Citizen Science Conference in San Jose

  • Barbara Lloyd
Ocean Sanctuaries


Identifying Sevengill Sharks with Wildbook Authors: 1.Barbara Lloyd (Ocean 2.Michael Bear (Ocean 3. Jason Holmberg ( Abstract Our goal is to attempt the identification of Sevengill sharks (Notorynchus cepedianus) that may be returning to San Diego from year-to-year, using the pattern recognition algorithm provided in ‘Wildbook,’ a web-based application for wildlife data management, designed by Jason Holmberg. 'Wildbook' which has been successfully used to ID Whale Sharks (Rhincodon typus ) by their spotting patterns. 1, 2 Sevengill sharks (Notorynchus cepedianus), are currently listed as Data Deficient (DD) on the IUCN Red List : "This assessment is based on the information published in the 2005 shark status survey (Fowler et al. 2005). 3 The genesis of this project was the *apparent* increase of encounters and sightings reported by divers with this species in the San Diego area, from 2009 to the present, to provide a long-term population dynamics study to examine the possible reason for this, as well as to provide a baseline study for future researchers. For specifics on our methodology, please see here: 1. 2. 3. Topic Areas: Best Practices: Design, Implement, Manage CitSci Projects Submission Format Talk (15min)

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