DOINews: New Cicada Citizen Science Project

Last edited 4/26/2016

The Your Wild Life Team at NC State is launching an exciting new citizen science project to look at the effects of urbanization on 17-year cicadas.

The team is asking folks within the Brood II emergence zone (from Georgia to Connecticut) to collect 5-10 cicadas and send them in, with a point location (from which we'll use GIS resources to glean urbanization info). We'll then measure various physical traits of the cicadas to assess fluctuating asymmetry (a potential indicator of environmental stress) -- We predict that fluctuating asymmetry increases with urbanization.

This project is related to the Southeast Climate Science Center funded science project, "Integrating the Effects of Global and Local Climate Change on Wildlife in North America".

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