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 03 בפברואר, 2022 23:25 by tiwane tiwane



פורסם על-ידי origamilevi לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

Congrats, that's amazing!

פורסם על-ידי mbwildlife לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

Thank you for all of your help, Roman.

פורסם על-ידי j-k-d לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי bdstaylor לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי allaverkhozina לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי kenk לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

So great to have you here on iNat!

פורסם על-ידי susanhewitt לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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!

פורסם על-ידי graysquirrel לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

Congrats and thanks for all the Chara IDs :).

פורסם על-ידי chloe_and_trevor לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

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פורסם על-ידי fedor_kondrachuk לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי valentinabuono לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי kastani לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

Great job, Roman!

פורסם על-ידי tom-kirschey לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

Congratulations sir

פורסם על-ידי karthikeyaeco לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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.

פורסם על-ידי mfeaver לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי oridgen10 לפני יותר משנה (סמן)
פורסם על-ידי beniiiii לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי aztekium לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי milliebasden לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי missgreen לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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.

פורסם על-ידי kai_schablewski לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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!

פורסם על-ידי damontighe לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי pierrenoel לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

Congratulation and thanks for all your IDs.

פורסם על-ידי mallomonas לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

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פורסם על-ידי milo_hr לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי skfork לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי danplant לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי archaon לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

Thank you Roman!

פורסם על-ידי adrian_aus לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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.

פורסם על-ידי fero לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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!

פורסם על-ידי conorflynn לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי bobmcd לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי crseaquist לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

thank you Roman

פורסם על-ידי gondopaine לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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!

פורסם על-ידי kishorenath לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

Thanks for your help! ;)

פורסם על-ידי golfopolikayakl לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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!

פורסם על-ידי trientalid לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי ahospers לפני יותר משנה (סמן)
פורסם על-ידי ahospers לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

@ahospers Thanks! It would be nice!

פורסם על-ידי roman_romanov לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי ahospers לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

Great! I just received it.

פורסם על-ידי roman_romanov לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי roman_romanov לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי ahospers לפני יותר משנה (סמן)

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

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