Vaughn Shirey

Role: Graduate Student
Status: Current
Current Affiliation: Georgetown University; Finnish Museum of Natural History, University of Helsinki (Research Collaborator); The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (Graduate Research Associate)
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Start year: 2018
Biodiversity informatics, biological knowledge, community science, high-latitude and high-elevation insects. I am broadly interested in the mechanisms that allow for insect survival at cold temperatures and extreme environments such as those exhibited within Arctic and alpine regions. I am also very interested in projects that deal with biological knowledge retrieval and modeling, data bias, and the interface of humans and our natural world.



Cardoso, P., Shirey, V., Seppälä, S., et al. 2019. Globally distributed occurrences utilized in 200 spider species conservation profiles (Arachnida, Araneae). Biodiversity Data Journal (7): e33264

Shirey, V., Seppälä, S., Veiga Branco, V., Cardoso, P. 2019. "Current GBIF occurrence data demonstrates both promise and limitations for potential red listing of spiders." Biodiversity Data Journal.


Shirey, V. (2018). Visualizing natural history collection data provides insight into collection development and bias. Biodiversity Data Journal, (6).

Seltmann, K., Lafia, S., Paul, D., ... Shirey, V., et al. 2018. Georeferencing for Research Use (GRU): An integrated geospatial training paradigm for biocollections researchers and data providers. Research Ideas and Outcomes 4: e32449.