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Project eTrout

Main Project Information
Presented By US Geological Survey
Goal Link research and education in stream fish ecology
Task Collect trout data from 360-video samples
Where Online only

Virtual reality (VR) provides exciting opportunities for environmental education and research. We invite your participation in a new program to engage students, anglers, and citizen scientists in fish ecology and climate change research using new VR methods. Participants will learn about fish ecology first-hand by exploring streams in VR and will be members of a research team lead by US Geological Survey (USGS) scientists. This program is free and designed for students, anglers, and citizen scientists of all ages.

Here’s how it works:

1. USGS collects 360-degree video samples from trout streams in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia (completed during summer 2018).
2. Participants access videos from a website and use standard computer monitors or VR headsets (e.g., Google cardboard) to watch them.
3. Participants then record data on fish species abundance.
4. USGS then analyzes the combined data and reports key findings to participants.

The inaugural program runs during spring 2019 and supports flexible scheduling: participants can watch as few or as many videos as they want at any time. The program includes recorded webinars by USGS with instructions for participants - and a summary of what we've learned. Your ideas and participation are essential for the success of this new program!

For more information and to register, contact:

Nathaniel (Than) Hitt, PhD
US Geological Survey, Leetown Science Center; 304-724-4463

How to Join

The inaugural project runs February to May 2019. Contact Than Hitt for more information and to get involved!

Project Timing The inaugural project runs February to May 2019.
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Materials List Internet access
Ideal Age Group Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College
Ideal Frequency Other
Average Time An hour or so
Spend the Time indoors
Tags ecology, fish, streams, trout
Project Updated 12/14/2018