New Podcast Episode: Cultural Heritage Institutions and Citizen Science

This episode, our second that looks at community and citizen science in cultural heritage institutions, explores how natural history museums use crowdsourcing to unlock the potential of biodiversity collections for research and education. Justin Schell talks to researchers and volunteers involved in the Notes From Nature project, which is one of the largest crowdsourcing projects focused on natural history information.

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About the Podcast

Citizen Science: Stories of Science We Can All Do Together is a podcast from SciStarter. This show spotlights the many different ways that individuals and communities are exploring and changing the world around them through public participation in science. Episodes feature conversations between project developers and volunteers, with subjects ranging from climate change to biodiversity to Alzheimer’s research to community science projects focused on environmental justice and much more. These conversations showcase the important relationships that make these projects successful, what kinds of problems and questions these projects are trying to address and how you can get involved.

Our co-hosts are Justin Schell, a librarian and media producer, and Caroline Nickerson, the Managing Editor of SciStarter’s Syndicated Blog Network and the Community Manager of Citizen Science Day.

Our podcast can be found on all major podcatchers (iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Overcast, and others). If you can’t find it, drop us a line at and we’ll get you set up.

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About the Author

Caroline Nickerson

Caroline Nickerson

Caroline Nickerson is a Senior Program Director at SciStarter where she manages the Citizen Science Month Program, SciStarter’s Corporate Volunteer Programs and other programmatic and outreach efforts, including working with SciStarter’s Syndicated Blog Network, which encompasses the Science Connected, Discover Magazine and SciStarter platforms. She spends her day helping educators, library staff, community leaders and volunteers from all walks of life do real science. Caroline is a Master of Public Policy graduate from American University, where she was a Reilly Environmental Policy Scholar, and is a current PhD student at the University of Florida. She also works with the UF-VA Bioethics Unit, the Christensen Project, Florida Community Innovation and the Commission on Local Debates. She was the 2019 Cherry Blossom Princess representing the state of Florida and the grand prize scholarship winner at Miss Earth USA 2021 as Miss Louisiana Earth.