Citizen Science on the Radio: Tiny Terrors and founder Darlene Cavalier on WHYY’s The Pulse

(Photo courtesy of the Alliance for Saving Threatened Forests)

This week on The Pulse and SciStarter’s segment about citizen science, producer Kimberly Haas talks to the Tiny Terrors Project, and Maiken Scott speaks to SciStarter’s founder, Darlene Cavalier.

Listen here for the full segment. The Tiny Terrors Project aims to help researchers identify an invasive species, the woolly adelgid, which threatens hemlock and fir trees, among many other evergreen trees. Citizen scientists can provide a significant boost to helping search for resistant trees, which may be the key to finding a way to prevent forests dying out.

Read even more about the Tiny Terrors project on SciStarter’s blog.

Here’s where you can help. If you’re a citizen science researcher, project manager, or participant in the PA, NJ, or DE areas, we want to hear from you! If you have an interesting story to share about a citizen science project or experience, let us know. Send your stories for consideration to


WHYY’s Friday morning schedule:

6-9 a.m. – Morning Edition
9-10 a.m. – The Pulse
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Radio Times
10 a.m. following Sunday (rebroadcast)

Categories: Citizen Science

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Lily Bui

Although she holds dual non-science bachelors’ degrees in International Studies and Spanish from the University of California Irvine, Lily has long harbored a proclivity for the sciences. A daughter of an engineer and an accountant who also happen to be a photographer and musician, respectively, Lily grew up on the nexus between science and art. Lily has worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.; served a year in AmeriCorps in Montgomery County, Maryland; worked for a New York Times bestselling ghostwriter in California; and performed across the U.S. as a touring musician. She currently works with WGBH-TV Boston and Public Radio Exchange (PRX) in Cambridge. In her spare time, she thinks of cheesy science puns (mostly to entertain herself). // Tweets @dangerbui