And the winner of the 2022 Lawrenceville BioBlitz is …
To compete in BioBlitz, School community members downloaded the app iNaturalist to their smartphones, created an account, and began uploading their photographic observations of flora and fauna to the “2022 Lawrenceville School BioBlitz” project. The photos are visible to naturalists from around the globe, who help identify each species of plant or animal. BioBlitz is the brainchild of Harvard University scientist E.O. Wilson. Wilson’s vision for the BioBlitz is, a "treasure hunt designed to find and identify the largest number of species possible in one place.”
Rounding out the top ten were: Anthony Gadzi ’22 (331 species), Zachary Kalafer ‘24 (314 species), science teacher Julie Mellor (275 species), Tommy Morris ’25 (193 species), Hanaway Croddick ’22 (184 species), science teacher Jill Mankoff (181 species), Maddy Laws ’23 (145 species), Jane Atkinson ’24 (140 species) and two-time champion Michael Morris ’22 (136 species), who still holds the School record with 777 species identifications in 2021.
The 2022 Lawrenceville School BioBlitz included 161 participants who posted 9,500+ observations of 2,157 species.Highlights from BioBlitz 2022 include the first U.S. find of the gilled mushroom, Coprinellus sabulicola, by Mellor in San Diego, Calif., and an observation of a subterranean clover (Trifolium subterraneum) by Gadzi, only the second known population in New Jersey of this locally rare plant.
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