JCSET | Watershed Studies Institute Research Symposium

Title

Natural History eMuseum

Presenter Information

Brandon PrestonFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Wildlife and Conservation Biology

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Howard Whiteman

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

It is evident that anthropogenic stress has affected taxa throughout the ages. Such stress can easily go unnoticed because the environment does not have a voice of its own. As a result, we as humans have gradually lost our sense of connection with the world around us, thus leading to a mindset that there is a strict boundary between humankind and nature. I have sought to help alleviate this mindset by taking on the challenge to create the Natural History eMuseum. The Natural History eMuseum is an educational website dedicated to various vertebrate species that can be found across the United States, focusing particularly on the eastern half of the country. Within this website, I have included information pertaining to each species such as their life history, distribution, and identifying characteristics. While this website is intended to be used primarily as a tool for identifying organisms in the field, there are other aspects included that are beneficial regarding the alleviation of the harmful mindset that we have fostered over time regarding our relationship with the environment. I have included an “About” section within the website that explains the plight that our world faces today – biodiversity loss. Within this section, I have included ways that anyone can play a role to help reduce this. By being aware of such information as a collective society, we can begin to foster a harmonious relationship with the environment that we have drifted far from.

Keywords: anthropogenic, environment, connection, mindset, eMuseum, educational, website, biodiversity, harmonious, relationship

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Natural History eMuseum

It is evident that anthropogenic stress has affected taxa throughout the ages. Such stress can easily go unnoticed because the environment does not have a voice of its own. As a result, we as humans have gradually lost our sense of connection with the world around us, thus leading to a mindset that there is a strict boundary between humankind and nature. I have sought to help alleviate this mindset by taking on the challenge to create the Natural History eMuseum. The Natural History eMuseum is an educational website dedicated to various vertebrate species that can be found across the United States, focusing particularly on the eastern half of the country. Within this website, I have included information pertaining to each species such as their life history, distribution, and identifying characteristics. While this website is intended to be used primarily as a tool for identifying organisms in the field, there are other aspects included that are beneficial regarding the alleviation of the harmful mindset that we have fostered over time regarding our relationship with the environment. I have included an “About” section within the website that explains the plight that our world faces today – biodiversity loss. Within this section, I have included ways that anyone can play a role to help reduce this. By being aware of such information as a collective society, we can begin to foster a harmonious relationship with the environment that we have drifted far from.

Keywords: anthropogenic, environment, connection, mindset, eMuseum, educational, website, biodiversity, harmonious, relationship