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Weaving a web of connections through online citizen science NZ ANNUAL REVIEW OF EDUCATION
This article explores how the funding process of New Zealand’s Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) has catalysed the coming together of an interdisciplinary research team of education researchers, information systems researchers, and teacher practitioners. Through two funded research projects, a large and growing web of connections is being woven, benefiting the research partnership and outcomes. Our collective aim is to investigate the affordances of online citizen science...
Te reo Māori resources: NZ Garden Bird Survey
Te Tatauranga o ngā Manu Māra o Aotearoa / The New Zealand Garden Bird Survey is an annual citizen science project and a perfect starter for teachers that are new to embedding citizen science in the classroom! Manaaki Whenua have created some te reo Māori resources for all our kura, kaiako, tamariki and whanau taking part!
Citizen scientists could be the key to early earthquake warning system
Scientists are calling on the public to become citizen seismologists to test a low-cost early earthquake warning system in the community. The scientists will trial a network of the sensors installed in community-owned buildings. There is currently no early earthquake warning system in New Zealand, and this project hoped to build on existing systems like Geonet, which provided information after quakes occurred.
A nationwide assessment of plastic pollution in the Danish realm using citizen science - Scientific Reports
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 to collect litter samples of and document plastic pollution in 8 different nature types. In total approximately 57,000 students (6–19 years) collected 374,082 plastic items ...
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 ...
Citizen science providing valuable research data
Plastic pollution and microplastics in particular are a significant threat to marine ecosystems and human health. The Big Microplastic Survey is a global project that will use citizen science to gather essential data about microplastics and mesoplastic in rivers, lakes and coastal regions...
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 help
Citizen scientists enlisted to help monarch butterflies
The public is being asked to stick by monarch butterflies and help determine the extent of their plight at the hands of a nasty parasite. Victoria University entomologist Phil Lester is investigating the prevalence of a disease affecting monarch butterflies, caused by a protozoan parasite Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (OE), which leads to deformed wings.
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 Australians try to maintain social engagement during self-isolation, citizen science offers a unique opportunity. Defined as “public participation and collaboration in scientific research”, citizen science allows everyday people to use technology to unite towards a common goal – from the comfort of their homes. And it is now offering a chance to contribute to research on the coronavirus pandemic. With so many of us staying home, this could help build a sense of community where we may ...
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 species.
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.
iNaturalistNZ — ONLINE CITIZEN SCIENCE
iNaturalist logs hundreds of thousands of photos of flora, fauna and fungi. There are even sound recordings too. Each is described and geo located. iNaturalist is used by citizens and scientists to monitor species presence and distribution. It also helps with identification – it is common to upload a photo and wait for the iNaturalist community to identify it. The iNaturalist system has also been ‘trained’ to identify species in photos. There are also some specific projects hosted through ...
The Pieris Project — ONLINE CITIZEN SCIENCE
This project has citizen scientists capturing and geolocating white cabbage butterflies before humanely killing them and posting them to the researchers in the USA. Once there, the researchers extract sample DNA to look for genes that have helped the white butterfly adapt to these pressures, such as genes involved in adaptation to climate, the detoxifying of plant chemicals (those they eat) and dealing with new predators and bacteria they may be encountering. It takes about a month to get the...
Adrift — ONLINE CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT
Marine microbes are diverse, including but not limited to bacteria, algae, diatoms, dinoflagellates, fungi and plankton. Their diversity helps to sustain the larger marine ecosystem. Marine microbes play a critical role in sustaining our planet. Project Adrift uses Gymnodinium – a single-celled chaining organism – as the representative species for its research.
IN HER NATURE: Putting citizens at the heart of conservation science — SLH RESOURCE
Participatory and citizen science can help people connect with the world around them and create effective long-term conservation outcomes. In this story, we meet Dr Monica Peters who brings a creative spirit to people-led conservation. This is part of the series In Her Nature: New Zealand women changing the way we connect with the world around us, meeting New Zealand women working at the intersection of people and nature.