Citizen science is the public involvement in the discovery of new scientific knowledge. A citizen science project can involve one person or millions of people collaborating towards a common goal. It is an approachable and inclusive movement, making it an excellent option for anyone looking for ways to get involved and make a difference.
The Field Guide to Citizen Science provides everything you need to get started. You’ll learn what citizen science is, how to succeed and stay motivated when you’re participating in a project, and how the data is used. The fifty included projects, ranging from climate change to Alzheimer’s disease, endangered species to space exploration, mean sure-fire matches for your interests and time. Join the citizen science brigade now, and start making a real difference!
About the Author
Darlene Cavalier created SciStarter in 2010 to help make citizen science opportunities discoverable to as many people as possible. Darlene is also the founder of the nonprofit Science Cheerleaders, which combines her love of cheerleading with a desire to make science accessible. The Science Cheerleaders, former and current NFL and NBA cheerleaders pursuing careers in science, work with fans and youth sports and cheerleading organizations to challenge stereotypes and engage people in citizen science.
Catherine Hoffman followed a mentor’s recommendation to pursue citizen science as a way to combine her background in science with an interest in science engagement. Some of her favorite experiences include collecting data for iNaturalist, swabbing her showerhead for microbes, taking backyard soil samples, and measuring the falling temperature in downtown Nashville during the total solar eclipse in 2017.
Caren Cooper spent fourteen years at the Cornell Lab, with her interest in citizen science, growing more intense with each consecutive year. When her undergraduate alma mater, North Carolina State University, started investing in citizen science she soon found herself back in her home state, mentoring graduate students to be public scientists carrying out their research in collaboration with citizen scientists.
Publisher: Timber Press
Publication Date: February 4th, 2020