Enlisting youth citizen scientists to combat Zika

Going out of your way to attract mosquitoes seems like the last thing anyone would want to do, but that is exactly what the national Invasive Mosquito Project is hoping volunteers will do in the name of public health. Managed through the United States Department of Agriculture, the Invasive Mosquito Project aims to track the spread of … Read more “Enlisting youth citizen scientists to combat Zika”

Categories: Analyzing and interpreting data, Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering), Biology, Citizen Science, Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering), Ecology & Environment, Education, Insects, Nature & Outdoors, Planning and carrying out investigations, Project Profile, Science Practices

Urban Citizen Science

A recent article in the New York Times highlights the way urban environments are affecting evolution in a variety of species. From European blackbirds with high-pitched calls to beat the sound of traffic to spiders adapted to build their webs closer to light poles, the dynamic and harsh urban environment is changing our biodiversity. Citizen scientists are … Read more “Urban Citizen Science”

Categories: Animals, Biology, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Nature & Outdoors, Newsletter

Southwest Monarch Study Taps Citizen Scientists to Track Butterfly Migration

In Arizona and the surrounding Southwestern United States, over 400 people are participating in a nine-year ongoing game of tag. But these folks are not tagging each other. They’re actually romping about in meadows with small nets, hoping to catch and tag a Monarch butterfly. In 2003 Chris Kline began the Southwest Monarch Study in order to … Read more “Southwest Monarch Study Taps Citizen Scientists to Track Butterfly Migration”

Categories: Biology, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Nature & Outdoors, Project Profile

Celebrate Pollinator Week with Citizen Science!

Photo: Wendy Caldwell This week we celebrate National Pollinator Week, in honor of the bees, butterflies, beetles, and other animals that provide essential services to ecosystems and agricultural lands everywhere. Citizen science is at the forefront of pollinator research, and below we highlight six projects that you can join to help study and protect pollinators. … Read more “Celebrate Pollinator Week with Citizen Science!”

Categories: Biology, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Nature & Outdoors, Newsletter

Autoimmune Diseases Affect Millions of Americans: Here’s How Citizen Science Can Help

Autoimmune Citizen Science is an app to help people with autoimmune diseases track their symptoms, lab tests, and treatments in order to see what’s working and what isn’t. Individual data is aggregated in order to see what’s working for the community as a whole. Check out the project on SciStarter and sign up for the … Read more “Autoimmune Diseases Affect Millions of Americans: Here’s How Citizen Science Can Help”

Categories: Apps, Biology, Citizen Science, Computers & Technology, Guest Contributor, Project Profile