Claire Ciafré

Joined: Aug 19, 2019 Last Active: Feb 01, 2023 iNaturalist

Ecologist/botanist, Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program (PNHP) and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, she/her.

PNHP tracks, monitors, and surveys for rare species in Pennsylvania to further their conservation and inform legal protections. iNat observations of species found in the wild help are a wonderful data source for us. To view rare species observations and learn more about our work, visit our project at https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/pennsylvania-natural-heritage-program.

I've worked as a field botanist since 2013. I have previously worked with the Institute of Botanical Training, Ozark National Scenic Riverways (NPS), and Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project (MDC). I attended grad school at Austin Peay State University, Tennessee and got my master's in biology in 2019.

I work mostly with plants, but I also have a fondness for beetles and reptiles and love collaborating on other projects. My favorite genera are Carex, Rhynchospora, and Dichanthelium, but I wouldn't claim to be good at any of these. I'm probably strongest with Fabaceae (which I also really like). Feel free to tag or message me if I've disagreed with an ID and you'd like to know why. Any other questions, fun observations, or ideas for potential collaboration are also welcome!

Non-Carex Cyperaceae observations with achene images: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&q=Non-Carex%20achenes&user_id=ciafre&verifiable=any

My publications are available on ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Claire-Ciafre

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