Identifier Profile: @roman_romanov

This is the eighth in an ongoing monthly (or almost monthly) series profiling the amazing identifiers of iNaturalist!

Currently at the Komarov Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, Russia, Roman Romanov tells me 

It seems to me it is quite usual to be interested in nature being a child [and] this is my story too. I remember when I was a child sitting near a body of water, viewing small and not so small creatures visible in water like larvae of mosquitoes and chironomids, different aquatic plants etc. My first sighting of Hydrocharis morsus-ranae was truly amazing, and it happened when I was less than ten. I took it to my home and placed it in water for better viewing, but, sadly, this plant disappeared during the night because my parents were not thrilled with it as I was.

Thankfully Roman was not discouraged and continued to pursue his interest in aquatic plant life (and protists), which he brought to iNaturalist in 2018. “I found iNaturalist accidentally,” he says, “because I searched for images of charophytes around the world.” 

[iNaturalist] is essential for my research. [It allows me to view] many images of the same species taken at different seasons, from different habitats etc. It also allows me to test and polish my opinion about concepts for some species.

In the nearly four years since he joined iNat, Roman has identified over 34,000 observations from around the world, many of which document less commonly-observed aquatic life, often photographed via microscopes.

I prefer to apply keystone taxonomic works for ID in combination with recent papers, the number of which are growing like an avalanche. It allows me to help with IDs as well as test myself. Outstanding records of rarely reported species are not infrequent here because of continuous additions of observations from around the world.

Roman’s current focus is integrative taxonomy of macroscopic algae, including “their distribution in time and space, and protection issues.” While charophytes (which he’s holding in the photo above) are his favorites, he keeps up with other algae and protists. “I think I could be named ‘plantwatcher’,” he says, “because I like viewing plants as well as many aquatic inhabitants.”

(Some quotes have been lightly edited for clarity.)

- Take a look at Roman’s research here

- There are so many remarkable images among the most-faved observations which Roman has identified. Check them out!

Posted on Φεβρουάριος 03, 2022 1125 ΜΜ by tiwane tiwane



Αναρτήθηκε από origamilevi περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Congrats, that's amazing!

Αναρτήθηκε από mbwildlife περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Thank you for all of your help, Roman.

Αναρτήθηκε από jameskdouch περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

I'm very glad to see your contributions acknowledged, Roman! Well done!

Αναρτήθηκε από bdstaylor περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

@roman_romanov, Roman thanks from Baikal for the great job of identifying all aquatic species, not just algae.

Αναρτήθηκε από allaverkhozina περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

So nice to learn more about Roman. He has helped me many times with identifications. Thank you and congratulations.

Αναρτήθηκε από kenk περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

So great to have you here on iNat!

Αναρτήθηκε από susanhewitt περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Roman, you've been such a great help with all the weird aquatic plants I have no idea where to even start on! It's definitely made me pay more attention to things I wouldn't have documented in the past, thinking it would be too hard to ever figure out what it was. Thank you for all of your IDs!

Αναρτήθηκε από graysquirrel περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Congrats and thanks for all the Chara IDs :).

Αναρτήθηκε από chloe_and_trevor περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

So nice to know more about you, Roman! You are always so helpful and can identify the most obscure observations.

Αναρτήθηκε από jane_trembath περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)


Αναρτήθηκε από fedor_kondrachuk περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

It was really interesting to learn something about you, your current activity and your childhood. Thank you very much for all your identification .

Αναρτήθηκε από valentinabuono περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Congratulations on the spotlight, highly deserved! And thank you for all the identifications of aquatic life from Kazakhstan and Central Asia!

Αναρτήθηκε από kastani περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Great job, Roman!

Αναρτήθηκε από tom-kirschey περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Congratulations sir

Αναρτήθηκε από karthikeyaeco περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Appreciate your ID's, more fully now that I have read this piece about you. My husband and I have been working to get more children involved in nature (beyond manicured parks) and have found that to do that we have had to get their parents interested. And have been working toward forest school experiences and even a forest school option in the early learning years. Your sharing what happened to the specimen you brought home to observe more will be used when we talk to parents about why discovering with their children can lead to lifelong shared interests. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and interests.

Αναρτήθηκε από mfeaver περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Excellent profile on Roman! And thanks for all the careful ID help and enthusiasm in the process! @roman_romanov

Αναρτήθηκε από oridgen10 περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)
Αναρτήθηκε από beniiiii περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

@roman_romanov congratulations! And thank you for sharing your story, this really brings hope for the future of nature!
Best regards from Mexico!

Αναρτήθηκε από aztekium περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

I've benefited so much from your expertise. Thank you from San Diego, California, USA.

Αναρτήθηκε από milliebasden περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Great to see the dedicated work on aquatic plants and algae!!

Αναρτήθηκε από missgreen περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Thank you for your very important contribution to iNaturalist! There are still too few people who deal extensively with such fascinating and important species groups as the Charophyceae.

Αναρτήθηκε από kai_schablewski περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

I appreciate all of the identifications and really enjoy how @roman_romanov 's IDs enable more people to feel that they can look under a microscope and have the potential of identifying these often overlooked, but very important organisms. Thank you for all of your contributions!

Αναρτήθηκε από damontighe περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

@roman_romanov Thanks for your help in identifying freshwater algae. Regards.

Αναρτήθηκε από pierrenoel περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Congratulation and thanks for all your IDs.

Αναρτήθηκε από mallomonas περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Roman, congratulations! I am so grateful for your help to ID my microscopic algae too.

Αναρτήθηκε από vilseskog περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)


Αναρτήθηκε από milo_hr περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Roman, thank you for your help with Chara and Nitella ids! I had always heard about Stoneworts but hadn't seen one in person.

Αναρτήθηκε από skfork περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Congratulations ! We discussed a bit about aquatic plants from Peru.

Αναρτήθηκε από danplant περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Роман Евгеньевич, спасибо за то, что научили нас началам альгологии и микологии в НГУ. Мы вас помним и любим!

Αναρτήθηκε από archaon περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Thank you Roman!

Αναρτήθηκε από adrian_aus περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Hi Roman, glad to see you profiled here, you certainly deserve it. You help me a lot with my Charophyta identifications and you lightened interest in them in me and I presume also in other nature lovers.

Αναρτήθηκε από fero περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Raom, thank you for the ID work.

And thanks to the authors of this blog for recognizing the contributions made by (citizen) scientists around the world!

Αναρτήθηκε από conorflynn περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Thank you Roman for all that you do. It is great to see this well deserved recognition as well.

Αναρτήθηκε από bobmcd περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Thank you, Roman, for all your help. We are really lucky to have you looking at our microscopic things!

Αναρτήθηκε από crseaquist περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

thank you Roman

Αναρτήθηκε από gondopaine περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Its nice to know you are helping several people out there with identifican of otherwise very difficult to id posts. Wish you very well. Hats off to you!

Αναρτήθηκε από kishorenath περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Thanks for your help! ;)

Αναρτήθηκε από golfopolikayakl περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

I am greatly indebted to Roman's thoughtful analyses and id's, so I am extremely happy to see him and his work celebrated. Thank-you!

Αναρτήθηκε από trientalid περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

I found several spreadsheets from Joop van Raam. I think JB (eindhoven) and EM nat. also has this data. do you want to have it to be sure ? Data could be 1999 Albaniea, Estonia, Lithouwen, Turkey, Greece. Bulgarij, France

Αναρτήθηκε από ahospers περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)
Αναρτήθηκε από ahospers περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

@ahospers Thanks! It would be nice!

Αναρτήθηκε από roman_romanov περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

You should check
rom: Joop van Raam
Sent: Tuesday, November 7, 2006 10:54 AM
Subject: kranswierwaarnemingen

Beste Andre,
Bijgaand verschillende bestanden met jullie waarnemingen, + een lijst van friesland, groningenn, drenthe. Als je ook de waddeneilande nodig hebt kan ik die alsnog opsturen.
Joop van Raam

Αναρτήθηκε από ahospers περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Great! I just received it.

Αναρτήθηκε από roman_romanov περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Hi all! Thanks a lot for your kind words! I am happy that I can help with ID.

Αναρτήθηκε από roman_romanov περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

I just got these photos from Tartu, i will not get any closer than this!! (300km From St. Petersburg) (Algae)

Αναρτήθηκε από ahospers περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

Thank you, Roman, for all your contribution and help on here! So glad to see you acknowledged!

Αναρτήθηκε από mythical_mold περίπου 1 χρόνος πριν (Αναφορά)

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