Carrie Seltzer

Guest Speaker

Carrie is an expert in helping people turn photos of biodiversity into scientific data using iNaturalist. As iNaturalist’s Stakeholder Engagement Strategist, she facilitates partnerships to expand the reach and use of iNaturalist for nature exploration and conservation.

Her early career work was in environmental education at an Illinois nature center and a field station in Virginia. Carrie has a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she studied seed dispersal by fruit bats and giant pouched rats in Tanzania. Before joining iNaturalist, she worked on citizen science at National Geographic and on open data policy as a Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Carrie is based in Washington, DC. She has done field work in Kenya, Tanzania, Russia, and New Zealand, and visited Mexico, Brazil, Qatar, Korea, western Europe, Canada, and much of the mid-Atlantic and midwestern US. She was fortunate to visit the Galapagos and Ecuador in 2001 as a student at Earlham College and is thrilled to return.

iNaturalist is a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.

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