Virginia Cooperative Extension has a 2009 publication series set to expire, “Sustaining America’s Aquatic Biodiversity”. VMN uses publications in this series as part of the VMN curriculum, particularly for the Aquatic Ecology and Management topic. To renew these publications so that they do not expire, they need to review them to make sure the information is still accurate, links still work, etc.
What You’ll Do
They are seeking volunteers (just one or two per publication) to review twelve publications. Each publication is typically just 4-8 pages long, with illustrations. They are all written for a layperson audience, and you do not need to be a professional biologist to review them. You will be asked to:
- Read through the publication to check for any information that may no longer be accurate. Most of the text is general and likely still correct. Things that may have changed are likely number-based facts.
- Using reliable sources, find updated information to replace anything that is no longer accurate. For example, if the publication lists the number of federally endangered salamander species, you would want to do further research with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to see if that number is still correct.
- Look at the illustrations and confirm that the drawings and pictures are labeled correctly.
- Correct any typos found in the publication.
- Test any internet links provided and make sure they work. Update the URLs as needed.
- Handwrite your edits directly (and neatly!) on a printed copy of the publication. Then, either scan and email the revised version back to me, or snailmail me the printed version.
- Communicate with Michelle Prysby if questions come up along the way.
- Complete all your edits and send them back by October 23.
You will be recognized in the acknowledgements of the revised publication once it is updated in the Virginia Cooperative Extension publications system online.
They are looking for reviewers for the following publications
- What is Aquatic Biodiversity and Why Is It Important?
- Why is Aquatic Biodiversity Declining?
- Aquatic Habitats: Homes for Aquatic Animals
- Freshwater Mussel Biodiversity and Conservation
- Crayfish Biodiversity and Conservation
- Freshwater Fish Biodiversity and Conservation
- Selected Freshwater Fish Families
- Frog Biodiversity and Conservation
- Salamander Biodiversity and Conservation
- Turtle Biodiversity and Conservation
- Freshwater Snail Biodiversity and Conservation
- Aquatic Insect Biodiversity and Conservation
Please contact Michelle Prysby by September 15 and let her know which of the twelve publications you would be willing to review. She will send out the final assignments shortly after that date, and you’ll have approximately one month to complete your review. Depending on the volunteer response, she will try to assign volunteers to just one or two publications, unless someone really has a lot of time on their hands!