Interview with Liz Popich – our first Citizen Scientist of the Year

January 16, 2015

“A life of many firsts” is how one could describe Liz Popich’s life up to now. She was born in Lydenburg, Mpumalanga and at school she was one of the first girls to have subjects like Technical Drawings and Electronics. She was also one of the first ladies to do a Meteorological technician and Weather Forecaster course, the first woman to set foot on Prince Edward Island and a winner of the first WhatSpecies Biodiversity Challenge! Me: What sparked your passion for nature, photography and, in particular, fungi? Liz: Growing up on a farm probably initiated the love and respect I have for nature. An abandoned school science project, “Unaware of our Fungi Treasure Trove”, inspired me to look at mushrooms differently – sideways, underneath and underground! I ignore the lessons on “keep your chin up”, and literally walk with my eyes on the ground. I’m not really into photography – people have …

This is WhatSpecies!

December 4, 2013

Picture it: 19 September 2010, Knysna, South Africa. Springtime in the southern hemisphere. While on holiday I see one of the prettiest flowers I have ever seen – it almost looks as if it has been painted by hand. I take some pictures with my mobile phone and send it to my mom, asking her whether she knows what it is. At the time she wasn’t sure either. After finishing the call, I tell my husband, “you know what would help? If I could upload this to a website and ask other users of the website to help me identify it!” And that is how and where the idea for WhatSpecies was born. That evening, using my mobile phone, I registered the domain name and started playing around with ideas. Back home, I got caught up in everyday life, finishing my studies and being a full-time mom. Until last year …

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