The Field Guide to Citizen Science: How You Can Contribute to Scientific Research and Make a Difference

The Field Guide to Citizen Science: How You Can Contribute to Scientific Research and Make a Difference


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Learn how monitoring the night sky, mapping trees, photographing dragonflies, and identifying mushrooms can help save the world!

Citizen science is the public involvement in the discovery of new scientific knowledge. A citizen science project can involve one person or millions of people collaborating towards a common goal. It is an excellent option for anyone looking for ways to get involved and make a difference. The Field Guide to Citizen Science, from the expert team at SciStarter, provides everything you need to get started. You’ll learn what citizen science is, how to succeed and stay motivated when you’re participating in a project, and how the data is used. The fifty included projects, ranging from climate change to Alzheimer’s disease, endangered species to space exploration, mean sure-fire matches for your interests and time. Join the citizen science brigade now, and start making a real difference!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604698473
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Pages: 188
Sales rank: 312,659
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

SciStarter enables people to contribute to science through informal recreational activities and formal research efforts. The website creates a shared space where scientists can connect with people interested in working on or learning about joint research projects. SciStarter features 1,100 searchable citizen science projects and recruits participants through partnerships with Discover Magazine and Astronomy Magazine, PBS Kids, the National Science Teachers Association, Public Library of Science, WHYY/NPR, Pop Warner Youth Scholars, and more. SciStarter is a division of Science for Citizens LLC.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

The History and Future of Citizen Science 11

Yes, You Can Be a Citizen Scientist 21

Prepare to Take the Pulse of the Planet 31

Citizen Science Projects to do Online, in Your Home, or in Nature 45

Citizen Science in Schools, Libraries, and the Community 135

A Year of Citizen Science 153

Resources and References 172

Acknowledgments 175

Index 177

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