Stewards of the Stream: When Citizen Science Meets Water Quality

Keep track of water quality and learn about environmental stewardship with Stream Team. Looking for more water monitoring projects?  We’ve got you covered! Spencer Towle is a senior at Cate School in Carpinteria. As we walk down to a bioswale on the campus, this San Francisco native with a head of unruly brown hair describes … Read more “Stewards of the Stream: When Citizen Science Meets Water Quality”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Ocean & Water

Wisconsin’s Water Action Volunteers – Making Waves for Action [GUEST POST]

Monitor the quality and quantity of Wisconsin’s streams with Water Action Volunteers. Interested in water monitoring projects? We’ve got you covered!   Human uses of the land impact the quality and quantity of waters in local streams, which in turn, can affect our recreational activities such as fishing, boating and swimming, and our drinking water quality. … Read more “Wisconsin’s Water Action Volunteers – Making Waves for Action [GUEST POST]”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water

How Are Cows and Purses Related to Sharks?

Look back at two shark citizen science projects featured on the SciStarter blog. Want to learn about and protect sharks? We’ve got you covered!   Sharks often get a bad rap; they’re featured in the media as dangerous killers that prey upon helpless human beings and animals.  Although shark attacks occur, they are rare; and attempts … Read more “How Are Cows and Purses Related to Sharks?”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ocean & Water

Big Fish, Dainty Meals: Observing Shark Behavior with the New England Basking Shark Project

Connect with others and learn about basking sharks with the New England Basking Shark project. Want to learn about and protect sharks?  We’ve got you covered! With abundant jellyfish and other gelatinous critters, the New England area is always a trendy place for a basking shark to go for a meal after a long day travelling. … Read more “Big Fish, Dainty Meals: Observing Shark Behavior with the New England Basking Shark Project”

Categories: Animals, Citizen Science, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water

Is our thirst for energy killing the ecology of the Grand Canyon?

A new citizen science project invites volunteers to help study insect diversity in the Grand Canyon. Every night when she’s on the water, Gibney Siemion, a river expedition guide in the Grand Canyon, crouches at the edge of the Colorado River right on the line where the sand turns from wet to dry. Her equipment … Read more “Is our thirst for energy killing the ecology of the Grand Canyon?”

Categories: Animals, Biology, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Insects, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water, Science Policy

Jellywatch: Observing Blobs for Marine Ecology

Turn your beach visit into marine ecology research on worldwide jellyfish populations. Looking for more summertime citizen science projects? Find them here. Between 2012 and 2013, power plants in Israel, Sweden, Scotland, Japan, and the U.S. were shut down unexpectedly, all for the same reason: jellyfish. Blooms of jellyfish abundantly swarmed in coastal waters and clogged … Read more “Jellywatch: Observing Blobs for Marine Ecology”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water

Marine Metre Squared: Ngā Tini o te Waitai (The Multitudes of the Sea)

What lives along New Zealand’s shoreline? Find out, one square metre at a time, with Marine Metre Squared. Looking for more summertime citizen science projects? Find them here. Every now and again I come across a citizen science project that inspires me. Don’t get me wrong—most of the people I interview, whether they are counting … Read more “Marine Metre Squared: Ngā Tini o te Waitai (The Multitudes of the Sea)”

Categories: Animals, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water

Citizen Science is a Shore Thing!

Share jellyfish sightings, track stars during evening beach strolls, count fireflies, or report dragonfly swarms while you’re at the beach this summer. Or participate in dozens of other summertime citizen science projects and advance fields of research in the process! Why not do them all? Hey! If you’re involved in more than one project, we’d … Read more “Citizen Science is a Shore Thing!”

Categories: Animals, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water

Secchi App: Tracking Phytoplankton with the Push of a Button [GUEST POST]

Help scientists monitor the phytoplankton population in oceans with a secchi disk and the secchi app. Want more marine-themed citizen science projects? We’ve got you covered! Marine ecosystems, like all ecosystems, are made of complex food webs. At the base of the marine food web are the phytoplankton. Phytoplankton are very important, as they are responsible for about … Read more “Secchi App: Tracking Phytoplankton with the Push of a Button [GUEST POST]”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water

Digital Fishers: Data from the Deep, Judgment from the Crowd

Save the sablefish (also known as black cod) and help scientists by counting the fish in video clips. Want more marine-themed citizen science projects? We’ve got you covered! Scientists call it Anoplopoma fimbria, fishers might know it as the sablefish, while some chefs call it the Black Cod. Found hovering just above the muddy North … Read more “Digital Fishers: Data from the Deep, Judgment from the Crowd”

Categories: Biology, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Ocean & Water