Whenever, wherever, you and citizen science are meant to be together

By Eva Lewandowski | October 13, 2016 9:39 pm


If you can see this, you can advance scientific research right now!
Below, our editors highlight five, digital citizen science projects you can do online now!  Find more with the Scistarter Project Finder.
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Floating Forests 
Kelp forests are important underwater ecosystems and home to many species. With this project, you will identify kelp in photographs, which will help researchers understand how kelp forests change over time.

Photo: NOAA
Cyclone Center 
Did you know that the human eye is sometimes better at recognizing patterns than computers? That’s why your help is needed to analyze still unknown patterns in images of tropical cyclones.

Pulsars, or spinning neutron stars, send out gravitational waves that can be used to identify and locate them. You can help find them by contributing processing time from your phone or computer whenever it’s idle.

Photo: Decodoku
Quantum computing is the technology of the future, and you can help bring it about. Just solve puzzles on your computer or smartphone; the methods you use will contribute to reducing errors in quantum computers.

Purposeful Gaming
If you like playing games, then this is the project for you! In the game, you transcribe pieces of historical biodiversity texts.

SciStarter is looking for citizen scientists and project owners to test the new look and features of the site as part of our 2.0 release. Please email Catherine (catherine@scistarter.com) if you’re interested.

Looking for a citizen science event near you? Want to share your event with others? Check out the Scistarter Events Page.
  • Smarter than Your Average Bear

    And if you don’t have the time, or inclination to be actively involved, you can always install the BOINC client and then go to worldcommunitygrid.org, sign up, and let them use spare CPU cycles on your computer to solve a lot of different research projects – many dealing with health.


Citizen Science Salon

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Citizen Science Salon, brought to you by SciStarter, is where science enthusiasts can join forces with top researchers. We'll feature weekly collaborative, crowdsourced, and DIY research projects that relate to what you're reading about in Discover, so you can take science into your own hands. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Eva Lewandowski

Eva Lewandowski is a PhD candidate in the Conservation Biology Graduate Program at the University of Minnesota. She is part of the Monarch Lab, where she studies citizen science and conservation education. In her free time, she volunteers with environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation.


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