A nationwide assessment of plastic pollution in the Danish realm using citizen science
Plastic pollution is considered one of today’s major environmental problems. Current land-based monitoring programs typically rely on beach litter data and seldom include plastic pollution further inland. We initiated a citizen science project known as the Mass Experiment inviting schools throughout The Danish Realm (Denmark, Greenland and the Faeroe Islands) to collect litter samples of and document plastic pollution in 8 different nature types. In total approximately 57,000 students (6–19…
Palmy's Plastic Pollution Challenge — CIT SCI REPORT DOWNLOAD
Manawatū River Source to Sea is a community-led movement for like-minded people and organisations in the Manawatū River Catchment. It promotes a combination of existing groups’ “activities on the ground", as well as new collective action, such as Palmy’s Plastic Pollution Challenge. The ultimate aim of Manawatū River Source to Sea is to...
Seashore Monitoring for Marine Pests – A Citizen Science Approach
Marine Metre Squared (Mm2) is a nationwide citizen science project that encourages the public to gather information about biodiversity, distribution and abundance of intertidal species and in doing so, ask further questions about the state of the coastal environment. Using Mm2, the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre (NZMSC) has focused participants attention on the issue of marine pests in the coastal space. Through educational programmes, teacher/community workshops, resource development…
Bizarre Brown Dwarf Discoveries | AMNH
With the help of citizen scientists, astronomers have discovered three unusual brown dwarfs—balls of gas that are sometimes called “failed stars.” The brown dwarfs, described in two recently published scientific papers, were spotted by participants in the NASA-funded Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 project, which the Museum co-founded. The first discovery, detailed in The Astrophysical Journal, is of an extremely rare brown dwarf called W0830 for short. W0830 is a contender for one of the coldest…
Developing science capabilities for citizenship through participation in online citizen science (OCS) projects
In an exploratory project over 12 months, we investigated the role and impact of online citizen science (OCS) participation in primary school science education in four schools. Our inquiry focused on the potential of participation in online citizen science projects to support development of science capabilities for citizenship, teacher practices in embedding this new paradigm in their science units, and student behaviour when participating using different digital device setups. Our findings…
Citizen scientists enlisted to help monarch butterflies
Victoria University entomologist Phil Lester is investigating the prevalence of a disease affecting monarch butterflies - and he's enlisting the help of citizen scientists.The disease, caused by a protozoan parasite Ophryocystis elektroscirrha or OE, is causing deformed wings in Monarchs. To help find out how widespread the disease is around New Zealand, he's asking people to send him samples of spores - collected by pressing a bit of sellotape against the butterfly's abdomen.
You don’t need a PhD to find a new species, unearth a rare fungus or name an asteroid. New Zealanders with no specialist training are contributing to scientific research by monitoring streams, spotting rare plants, counting the birds visiting their back gardens, and putting GPS trackers on their cats.
How you can help save the monarch butterfly -- and the planet
Monarch butterflies are dying at an alarming rate around the world -- a looming extinction that could also put human life at risk. But we have just the thing to help save these insects, says author Mary Ellen Hannibal: citizen scientists. Learn how these grassroots volunteers are playing a crucial role in measuring and rescuing the monarch's dwindling population -- and how you could join their ranks to help protect nature. (You'll be in good company: Charles Darwin was a citizen scientist!)
Citizen science: how you can contribute to coronavirus research without leaving the house
As scientists frantically try to find drugs to slow COVID-19's spread, citizen science offers an opportunity for all of us to get involved.
Instant Wild — ONLINE CITIZEN SCIENCE
Instant Wild is an initiative by the Zoological Society of London. Photos or videos of animals are recorded using hidden cameras in a range of worldwide locations. The aim is to increase the knowledge needed to better protect wildlife and secure a richer biodiversity for the future. Participation in the project can be done at any time by computer or free app. By recognising, labelling and categorising animals, students provide vital information for scientists monitoring the location of…
Agent Exoplanet — ONLINE CITIZEN SCIENCE
Help astronomers at Las Cumbres Observatory, California, study exoplanets – planets that orbit stars other than our Sun. Do this by interpreting images taken by their telescopes in Hawaii, Australia and California. Calculate measurements that you can use to confirm the presence of exoplanets and determine their size.
Weddell Seals — ONLINE CITIZEN SCIENCE
It is really difficult to count seals – they tend to live in remote hard-to-reach locations where weather conditions are extreme, and they spend a lot of their time in the water. During summer, they haul themselves out onto the ice for some time each day. Scientists need to understand the typical pattern of seal numbers out on the ice so they can reliably estimate the population size. They need your help!
Etch a cell — ONLINE CITIZEN SCIENCE
In this online citizen science (OCS) project, participants analyse electron microscope images taken of a range of biological samples, helping scientists better understand cancer, infectious diseases such as malaria and HIV, diabetes, the immune system, the brain and more.