Rob Stevenson’s Electronic Field Guide Project’s image collection is composed of more than 200 images of turtles, many of them photographed by Susan Speak. Stevenson is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at UMass Boston, where he works on problems related to conservation physiology, environmental informatics, and science education.
Stevenson has been involved with projects that collect data on river herring migration, dandelion flowering, butterfly counts, and turtle nesting. For ten years he and his collaborator Robert Morris have been building tools to make Electronic Field Guides. The set of biodiversity images on turtle nesting are used for teaching and research needs mainly by scientists in Massachusetts and the northeastern United States, and you can view the collection in Shared Shelf Commons.
Shared Shelf Commons is an open-access library of digital media from institutions that subscribe to Shared Shelf, Artstor’s Web-based service for cataloging and managing digital collections. The resource currently includes 90,000 files from nearly 60 different institutional collections and is continually growing.