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CYANOSCOPE

MAPPING CYANOBACTERIA
ONE SLIDE AT A TIME

Engaging citizen scientists and water quality professionals to understand what cyanobacteria occur where

WHAT IS CYANOSCOPE?

cyanoScope uses modern technologies and a social approach to learn more about cyanobacteria and their distribution. By participating you will be helping scientists and water resource managers gain information on the occurrence of cyanobacteria in surface waters.

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We work with stakeholders like local watershed groups to increase awareness of cyanobacteria through outreach and training.

Cyanoscope training

We use a social approach to effectively and efficiently identify the cyanobacteria present in our surface waters.

cyanoScope is crowdsourced

We will use submitted reports to map the spatial distribution and seasonal occurrence of cyanobacteria in lakes, ponds, and reservoirs

cyanoScope research

Get equipment, go sampling and submit your images!

Get started with cyanoScope

HOW DOES CYANOSCOPE WORK?

Collect samples for cyanoScope with a net tow

Collect cyanobacteria

1) collect cyanobacteria with a net tow, 2) prepare your microscope slides, 3) identify cyanobacteria found in your sample

LEARN ABOUT EQUIPMENT
GET METHODS
IDENTIFY CYANOBACTERIA
Identify cyanobacteria

Submit your images

1) take pictures of cyanobacteria found in your sample, 2) upload the images and relevant info on iNaturalist.org

NOTE: Be sure include basic information about where and when the sample was collected.
NOTE: If not sure what cyanobacteria you have, that’s fine! Go ahead and upload your image.

To submit your images, sign in or register at:

cyanoScope on iNaturalist
Interact on cyanoScope

Interact online

1) the iNaturalist community can help confirm the identity of cyanobacteria, 2) you can view and comment on images submitted by others, 3) everyone can explore patterns of the appearance of cyanobacteria

To view and comment on images, sign in or register at:

cyanoScope on iNaturalist

WHICH CYANOBACTERIA LIVE WHERE?

cyanoScope iNaturalist project

CYANOSCOPE NEWS & CONTACTS

Learn about the Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative

main webpage

cyanoScope Lead

Jeff Holister
US EPA Office of Research and Development

hollister.jeff@epa.gov

cyanoScope Lead

Betty Kreakie
US EPA Office of Research and Development

kreakie.betty@epa.gov

Get in touch with the Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative

contacts & listserv

Read the latest CYANOSCOPE NEWS BELOW or check out all cyanoScope stories