Citizen Science is taking the world by storm, thanks to new media, new technology in science and an evolving vision amongst educators for how to engage the public in the (sometimes not-so-accessible) world of science. The basic elements are the Citizens and the Science. The Citizens are willing participants in some or many aspects of the scientific process, from data collection to analysis to developing the questions that lead to discovery. The Science is usually a study that is led by a team of scientists who offer a big question or an hypothesis to test, as well as a structured approach to tackling that question that is accessible to non-specialists. Specific protocols help keep the data reliable and broad participation often affords the scientific team many, many more observations or samples than the team could have collected on their own.
I am currently involved in three large-scale citizen science projects that invite citizens to participate in the process of ‘doing’ science. Click on a project title below for more information.
Help researchers study the biodiversity and biogeography of urban ants.
Sample the bacterial biodiversity of your home.
Several ongoing projects about the wild life that lives on us and around us.
Sample the bacterial biodiversity in your belly button!.