Citizen Science


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Foreword by Richard Louv Notes on Contributors Acknowledgments Introduction: Why Citizen Science? by Janis L. Dickinson and Rick Bonney Part I. The Practice of Citizen Science 1. Overview of Citizen Science by Rick Bonney and Janis L. Dickinson 2. Projects and Possibilities: Lessons from Citizen Science Projects From Backyard Observations to Continent-Wide Trends: Lessons from the First Twenty-Two Years of Project FeederWatch by David N. Bonter Monitoring Monarchs: Citizen Science and a Charismatic Insect by Karen S. Oberhauser Neighborhood Nestwatch: Mentoring Citizens in the Urban Matrix by Peter P. Marra and Robert Reitsma Project BudBurst: Citizen Science for All Seasons by Sandra Henderson, Dennis L. Ward, Kirsten K. Meymaris, Paul Alaback, and Kayri Havens 3. Using Bioinformatics in Citizen Science by Steve Kelling 4. Growing the Base for Citizen Science: Recruiting and Engaging Participants by Miyoko Chu, Patricia Leonard, and Flisa Stevenson 5. What Is Our Impact? Toward a Unified Framework for Evaluating Outcomes of Citizen Science Participation by Tina Phillips, Rick Bonney, and Jennifer L. Shirk Part II. Impacts of Citizen Science on Conservation Research 6. The Opportunities and Challenges of Citizen Science as a Tool for Ecological Research by Caren B. Cooper, Wesley M. Hochachka, and Andre A. Dhondt 7. Widening the Circle of Investigation: The Interface between Citizen Science and Landscape Ecology by Benjamin Zuckerberg and Kevin McGarigal 8. Using Data Mining to Discover Biological Patterns in Citizen Science Observations by Daniel Fink and Wesley M. Hochachka 9. Developing a Conservation Research Program with Citizen Science by Ralph S. Hames, James D. Lowe, and Kenneth V. Rosenberg 10. Citizens, Science, and Environmental Policy: A British Perspective by Jeremy J. D. Greenwood Part III. Educational, Social, and Behavioral Aspects of Citizen Science 11. Cognitive Considerations in the Development of Citizen Science Projects by Rebecca C. Jordan, Joan G. Ehrenfeld, Steven A. Gray, Wesley R. Brooks, David V. Howe, and Cindy E. Hmelo-Silver 12. Who Poses the Question? Using Citizen Science to Help K-12 Teachers Meet the Mandate for Inquiry by Nancy M. Trautmann, Jennifer L. Shirk, Jennifer Fee, and Marianne E. Krasny 13. A Gateway to Science for All: Celebrate Urban Birds by Karen Purcell, Cecilia Garibay, and Janis L. Dickinson 14. Children and Nature: Following the Trail to Environmental Attitudes and Behavior by Nancy M. Wells and Kristi S. Lekies 15. Internet-Based Social Networking and Collective Action Models of Citizen Science: Theory Meets Possibility by Heather A. Triezenberg, Barbara A. Knuth, Y. Connie Yuan, and Janis L. Dickinson 16. A Role for Citizen Science in Disaster and Conflict Recovery and Resilience by Keith G. Tidball and Marianne E. Krasny Afterword by John W. Fitzpatrick Literature Cited Index

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Janis L. Dickinson is Professor of Natural Resources at Cornell University and Arthur A. Allen Director of Citizen Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Rick Bonney is Director of Program Development and Evaluation at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Richard Louv is the author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle. John W. Fitzpatrick is the Louis Agassiz Fuertes Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University.


"Citizen Science succeeds in showcasing a path to knowledge that is unfamiliar to-and, at first glance, unwanted by-many professional scientists. Its well-written, wide-ranging, and accessible chapters make a compelling argument that engaging the public in scientific research is important in order to increase our environmental knowledge and build a citizenry that values and uses what sciences produces. This book inspires the professional to see the scientist in everyone and to broaden our research programs, which will stoke the fire of scientific curiosity that burns within each of us."-John M. Merzluff, BioScience (February 2013) "Not only does this research allow for extensive data collection, but it makes research relevant to the general public and provides additional teaching tools for K-12 education. This book also explores the impact of the increased use of social media on the success of citizen science projects and investigates potential future uses of social media for such projects. It incorporates the views of many subject experts, with each chapter written by those with firsthand experience of the respective topics. An extensive bibliography provides sources for further information. Summing Up: Highly recommended."-D.L. King, Choice (November 2012) "Dickinson and Bonney's volume, Citizen Science, represents an important foundation text to launch the burgeoning arena of citizen science... This book provides the 'recipes' for all scientists to undertake an aspect of citizen science as part of their research portfolio. My overall reaction is 'Awesome!'"-Meg Lowman, Ecology (April 2013) "A timely review of recent developments, seeking to provide an overview, with relevant case studies, of the growth of large-scale citizen science projects since the late 1980s. One of the book's merits is its breadth, seeking to explore not just the practical issues of delivering robust science through volunteers but also the benefits this brings to a variety of environmental research fields and the impacts - educational, social and behavioural - it has on the participants themselves."-Mark Eaton, Ibis (January 2013)

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