Long Beach Scuba Show: Catching up with Reef Check and Ocean Sanctuaries

By Kristin Butler | June 24, 2019 4:37 am

Kristin Butler dedicates her Scuba Series in remembrance of her beloved mother, Marilyn Butler, who passed along to Kristin a deep love for science and nature along with a pair of pink scuba diving fins.

Each year, the Long Beach Scuba Show brings together divers from around the world for seminars and exhibits on all things scuba, with topics ranging from dive gear to scuba vacations. Though the show mostly showcases the business side of diving, visitors can also learn about nonprofits that use diving to fight cancer, promote conservation, and collect citizen science data.

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It’s Pollinator Week and we’re all a-buzzzz!

By lshell | June 17, 2019 8:52 pm
Pollinator Week Logo June 17-23 2019

This is a perfect week to make and share your pollinator observations with scientists. Our editors selected five projects in need of your help.

More about pollinators from Penn State’s website:”Pollinators are animals (primarily insect, but sometimes avian or mammalian) that fertilize plants, resulting in the formation of seeds and the fruit surrounding seeds. Humans and other animals rely on pollinators to produce nuts and fruits that are essential components of a healthy diet.”

So, if you have the chance, let’s go help some pollinators this week!

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Help Audubon Protect Threatened Birds by Participating in the Climate Watch Program

By Julia Travers | June 12, 2019 5:07 am

Audubon’s Climate Watch Program needs volunteers to help it spot 12 birds threatened by climate change. Are you in?

“Hope is the thing with feathers/ That perches in the soul,” Emily Dickinson wrote. Is there hope for our feathered friends in the era of climate change? Yes, but they need our help. More than 300 North American birds will likely lose over 50 percent of their current geographical range by 2080, according to Audubon’s 2014 Birds and Climate Change Report. This means that the areas with the climate conditions these birds need are shifting or disappearing. Just like people, birds will need to adapt to big climatic changes.

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Pre-orders now available for “The Field Guide to Citizen Science”

By cnickerson | June 10, 2019 5:00 am

Coming Soon! “The Field Guide to Citizen Science,” from the experts at SciStarter , published by Timber Press.

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Looking Beneath the Ocean’s Surface with Antarctic Citizen Scientists

By Guest | June 8, 2019 5:01 am

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography are working with Antarctic tour operators like Hurtigruten to enable vacationers to serve as citizen scientists with the FjordPhyto citizen science project. Travelers collect samples of phytoplankton from Antarctic fjords in an effort to understand the base of the food web, helping scientists learn how one of the most fertile ocean regions in the world may be changing.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Conservation, Education, Environment

Right at Home with Citizen Science

By cnickerson | June 1, 2019 11:57 am

Explore one of the least scientifically studied places on the planet: your home!

Our editors picked these five projects to help you and scientists learn more about indoor air quality, microbes, tap water pipes, and living things lurking in your home!

Find more projects you can do at home here.

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Science Communication Online: A New Book Exploring How We Do and Share Science On the Internet

By Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher | May 28, 2019 2:49 pm

Changing Methods of Science Communication

When we discuss science communication, we often talk about it as either targeted at professional scientists or as targeted at the public. However, with the increase in citizen science and public engagement in science, new ways to communicate about science — modes that exist somewhere between separate professional and public genres — have developed apace.

In my new book, Science Communication Online, from The Ohio State University Press, I investigate new ways of communicating about science that don’t quite fit in either the professional or public category. I call these “trans-scientific genres,” and included among these are blog posts, crowdfunding proposals, and even open access data repositories, all of which are important tools for many citizen science projects.

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Turning Passion into Protection: Citizen Science at the Beach with the Surfrider Foundation

By Guest | May 25, 2019 10:19 am

Heading to the beach this weekend? Consider engaging in water quality testing with the Surfrider Foundation. The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots environmental organization whose mission is to protect and enjoy the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches.

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Uncovering Connections across Citizen Science Projects: A Social Network Analysis

By Guest | May 24, 2019 12:41 pm

Sara Futch, a graduate student at North Carolina State University, won Best Overall Poster at the Citizen Science Association Conference 2019 for her poster, “Uncovering Connections across Citizen Science Projects: A Social Network Analysis.” Conference attendees selected Sara’s poster via in-person votes during the poster session.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Event, Research

Artificial Intelligence meets Citizen Science

By lshell | May 21, 2019 12:14 pm

The potential for AI to propel citizen science efforts forward is incredible; from rapidly analyzing your data or identifying insects, to helping you find and join the best project for your research goals. Here are some ongoing citizen science projects and research efforts that involve AI and citizen science to maximize the efforts of participants and scientists. 


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