Measuring Environmental Stewardship

Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Environmental Behaviors Project seeks help in sorting and ranking environmental stewardship. Many citizen science projects have been very successful in collecting high-quality scientific data through the participation of citizen scientists. However, less emphasis has been placed on documenting changes to citizen scientists themselves. In particular, many projects hope participants will increase their environmental … Read more “Measuring Environmental Stewardship”

Categories: Ecology & Environment, Guest Contributor

The Genetics of Taste: A Sixth Taste?

The Genetics of Taste citizen science project from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science asks whether fat could be the sixth taste. Come to your senses! SciStarter has curated a list of citizen science projects for all five senses. Guest post by Michelle Murphy-Niedziela. Have you ever seen this image? Well, forget it because it’s … Read more “The Genetics of Taste: A Sixth Taste?”

Categories: Citizen Science, Guest Contributor

The Genetics of Taste: A Bitter Story

The Genetics of Taste citizen science project from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science set out to understand the link between genetics and TAS2R38 gene, responsible for the “bitter” taste receptor. Come to your senses! SciStarter has curated a list of citizen science projects for all five senses. Guest post by Michelle Murphy-Niedziela. Don’t like … Read more “The Genetics of Taste: A Bitter Story”

Categories: Biology, Citizen Science, Guest Contributor

Keeping the Kids Involved: A Look at COPPA and Citizen Science

This is a guest post by Anne Bowser, a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland College of Library and Information Science, and a Research Assistant with the Commons Lab of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Citizen science allows anyone and everyone to experience the thrill of scientific discovery. Children, who love being … Read more “Keeping the Kids Involved: A Look at COPPA and Citizen Science”

Categories: Citizen Science, Guest Contributor, Science Policy

Integrating Citizen Science Into Your Classroom or Organization

This is the first installment for a brand new series about citizen science in schools and classrooms. Teachers often hear the term citizen science, but it’s never really clear what it is and how it might integrate into their classrooms. Citizen science is methodical scientific research conducted in part (or sometimes entirely) by non-professional scientists. … Read more “Integrating Citizen Science Into Your Classroom or Organization”

Categories: Guest Contributor, Science Education Standards

Smithsonian Science, a Thought Experiment, and a Citizen Science Challenge

When you consider the field of citizen science you probably think of it as something you do by collecting data, taking pictures, finding plants or animals, or uploading sightings. There’s a new form of citizen science emerging called a “thought experiment.” You may be familiar with thought experiments like that of “Schrödinger’s Cat” or Einstein’s … Read more “Smithsonian Science, a Thought Experiment, and a Citizen Science Challenge”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Geology & Earth Sciences, Guest Contributor

Why do some tree leaves turn red?

SciStarter has a whole round-up of tree-related projects for you this season. Branch out into citizen science! Walking around my neighborhood the other day, I was casually observing the local flora when I was struck by the redness of one particular set of leaves. While the tree pictured is not the exact one I spied … Read more “Why do some tree leaves turn red?”

Categories: Education, Guest Contributor, Nature & Outdoors, Science Education Standards

Publish your citizen science data, transparently, with F1000Research

  It’s not always easy for citizen scientists to see what happens with the data they collect. Not all projects are published, and those that are may not be open access and often only include a summary of the findings. I work at F1000Research, and one of the key points of this open access journal … Read more “Publish your citizen science data, transparently, with F1000Research”

Categories: Citizen Science, Guest Contributor

Buzzing about cicadas:Your Wildlife is launching a new project!

This post originally appeared on Your Wildlife and was reposted with the permission of the author, Holly Menninger. Over the last few weeks, we’ve watched and envied reports and photos coming from those of you living within the emergence zone of Brood II 17-year periodical cicadas (from Georgia to Connecticut). We even traveled westward to … Read more “Buzzing about cicadas:Your Wildlife is launching a new project!”

Categories: Climate & Weather, Ecology & Environment, Guest Contributor, Insects, Nature & Outdoors

Citizen Science Academy: Bunny Slippers Optional

  When I first became involved in online professional development (PD) courses about 10 years ago, the casual approach to participation in terms of time and attire were often noted as desirable features. An often-touted advantage to online PD was that individuals could participate at 3 a.m. wearing pajamas and bunny slippers. Over the years, … Read more “Citizen Science Academy: Bunny Slippers Optional”

Categories: Citizen Science, Guest Contributor, Workshops