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Citizen SciencePublic Participation in Environmental Research$
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Janis L. Dickinson and Rick Bonney

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449116

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449116.001.0001

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Widening the Circle of Investigation

Widening the Circle of Investigation

The Interface between Citizen Science and Landscape Ecology

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Citizen Science

Benjamin Zuckerberg

Kevin Mcgarigal

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on the connection between citizen science and landscape ecology and how it can widen the circle of scientific research across space and time. It first explains how citizen science can be used to test many pertinent hypotheses regarding the cause and biological consequences of habitat loss and fragmentation. It then looks at past uses of citizen science to investigate the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation and goes on to discuss how citizen science can be employed to answer questions in landscape ecology, such as combining citizen science data with environmental data of an appropriate spatial extent and resolution.

Keywords:   citizen science, landscape ecology, scientific research, habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, citizen science data, environmental data

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