Thomas Mesaglio Curator

Joined: Aug 13, 2018 Last Active: May 24, 2024 iNaturalist Australia Monthly Supporter since August 2022

Avid beachcomber and naturalist. Most of my observations are made in Sydney, but I also frequent the Port Macquarie Hastings region on the NSW mid-north coast. I'm currently a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales, working on knowledge of Australian plants + how to improve this knowledge. I'm also currently working for the Atlas of Living Australia as an IT Advisor/Engagement Officer.

I've just published a Guide to iNaturalist with the CSIRO + ALA, check it out here: https://ala.org.au/publications/a-guide-to-inaturalist/

I enjoy writing journal posts on iNat providing identification guides, taxonomic updates, and other useful information for iNaturalist observations and IDs, check them out here: https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/thebeachcomber/94678-thebeachcomber-journal-posts-index

Check out my seashell field guide I published after four years of collecting and writing. I've also written a short e-book about scientific etymology entitled 'It's Helico-pter, not Heli-copter: A Beginner's Guide to Deconstructing Scientific Words and Names', which is available here for the US, and here for Australian users.

I recently finished working on a comprehensive survey of Wategora Reserve in southwestern Sydney. The reserve contains the critically endangered Cooks River Clay Plain Scrub Forest community, of which less than 1% of its original extent remains, and is threatened on all sides by urban expansion. You can read about the survey, and download my final ~500 page report and annotated/illustrated checklist, at my website Duck River Biodiversity Survey.

I created the First Known Photographs of Living Specimens project, check it out for some amazing observations from all around the world. I also recently made a project for tracking undescribed Australian plant species.

I organised the City Nature Challenge and the Great Southern BioBlitz for Sydney from 2020-2022.

If you ever find yourself in Sydney, shoot me a message and I'd be more than happy to show you all the best spots :)

I have a license to collect plants in NSW, and regularly collect specimens to deposit at the NSW herbarium.

You can contact me at thomasmesaglio@gmail.com

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