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Clemson firefly app honored at EPA student-design competition

A multidisciplinary team of Clemson students and professors to engage citizen scientists in tracking firefly population trends was recently awarded honorable mention at the Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity and Plant Expo (EPA P3) in Washington, D.C

A multidisciplinary team of Clemson students and professors was recently awarded honorable mention at the Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity and Plant Expo (EPA P3) in Washington, D.C

A mobile app designed by a multidisciplinary team of Clemson students and professors to engage citizen scientists in tracking firefly population trends was recently awarded honorable mention at the Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity and Plant Expo (EPA P3) in Washington, D.C.

The team was invited to the EPA P3 Expo after being awarded a $15,000 EPA Phase 1 grant to develop their idea.

Student team members and majors:

Amanda Voges; natural resources management
Greg Edison; computer science
Joshua Hull; computer science
Devin Schultze, biosystems engineering
Renee Lyons; education
Binbin Li; plant and environmental science
Hechu Zhu; plant and environmental science
Kelsey Dickman; civil engineering
Douglas Edmonson; computer science

Faculty mentors:

Alex Chow; assistant professor, biogeochemistry and environmental quality
Juang Chong, assistant professor, entomology
Michelle Cook; associate professor, teacher education
David White; professor, computer engineering

The app is part of Clemson’s Vanishing Firefly Project that allows the public to count the number of firefly flashes within their field of vision on a specified date.

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