Larry Chen Curator

Joined: Dec 14, 2015 Last Active: Feb 27, 2024 iNaturalist Canada

Obsessive lister/biodiversity stamp collector, current pursuing a masters in public policy at Duke University. First and foremost a bird world lister but now increasingly moving into plants, insects, herps, and fish, especially while in North America where I don't bird much (non-digibin bird photos mostly in the Macaulay Library). Especially keen on smaller, less charismatic species that are frequently overlooked, such as various plant galls and parasites, non-Ode/Lep insects, freshwater fishes, lesser-known and unobtrusive native plants, and of course, uncommon non-native+ruderal plants (this last one has unfortunately led to much loss of respect for me by both my peers and myself). Especially keen on dipnetting, holistic exploration of undercovered sites, and finding sparsely-reported insects on the sides of buildings. I also love exploring familiar (and unfamiliar!) landscapes at night, though I usually only do this outside the US, where doing so feels less sketchy and hills-have-eyes-y.

My enthusiasm is not, unfortunately, matched by as much proficiency, skill, or expertise as I'd like (I only started getting into non-birding naturalisting in earnest the summer of 2020), so please do not hesitate to correct any mistakes I make in my IDs--they are more often than not informed by a combination of AI and haphazard research, not any real scientific knowledge base in botany, entomology, herpetology, etc. (I have none).

Photos are 99% going to be from my iPhone, so please excuse potato quality; only exceptions are, for the most part, old photos of birds from ML that I upload from time to time, usually while bored in class.

Feel free to tag me on anything, and reach out for whatever, whenever! Always happy to chat with or meet up with other naturalists :)

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