Enviromental Science Citizen Science

Please choose a project that requires no registration. All instructions as below.
Citizen science is defined as research collaborations between scientists and volunteers that are designed to expand opportunities for scientific data collection and to provide access to scientific information for community members (Cornell University, 2013).

There are a number of citizen science projects going on at any one time. For this lab, you will choose an environmental science project of interest from one of the resources listed below (e.g., climate change, biodiversity, toxicity, air quality, nutrient flows, energy use). It is recommended that you choose a project that will take a maximum of 40 hours to complete. The kind of project that you select will vary depending on your location (if you are interested in projects involving direct observation/data collection), access to a computer and other software, the time of year you complete the assignment (e.g., you can’t monitor outdoor plant life in the middle of winter in most places in northern hemisphere), and your own interests. Resources provided here include citizen science project search engines and project listings in various subject areas. If you find a project from another source, please contact your tutor to verify that it is an acceptable project for this course. Look for a project that you can complete in a few weeks. There may be a cost associated (for equipment or specimen collection kits) associated with a project; however, many of the projects involve no direct cost.

Citizen Science Search Engines/Project Listings

SciStarter.com
Zooniverse: Real Science Online https://www.zooniverse.org/about
CitizenSci—PLOS Blogs- http://blogs.plos.org/citizensci/

NatureWatch programs (e.g., FrogWatch, IceWatch, PlantWatch, & WormWatch)-https://www.naturewatch.ca/english/
naturealberta.ca
SkepticalScience.com: Citizen Science: Climatology for Everyone-http://www.skepticalscience.com/Citizen-Science-Climatology-for-Everyone.html
Project BudBurst- http://budburst.org/
eButterfly- http://www.e-butterfly.org/
Scientific American: Citizen Science – http://www.scientificamerican.com/citizen-science/
Citizen Science Alliance- http://www.citizensciencealliance.org/projects.html
You will likely be required to register to participate in these activities by creating an account on a project website.

Report

Once you have decided on a project and registered you need to document your experience/findings in a report that includes the following information/components:

A brief description of the project
The organization/scientist(s) associated with the project
The project goals
Your involvement in the project (e.g., data collection, photography, observation/data collection, data analysis)
A sample of the data you collected (e.g., photographs, spreadsheet, and/or table(s) of data)
Reflection/analysis on what you have learned about one or more of the concepts covered in this course (e.g., biodiversity, air quality, climate change) as a result of participating in this project
Reference

Cornell University. (2013). Defining citizen science. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Retrieved fromhttp://www.birds.cornell.edu/citscitoolkit/about/definition

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