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Citizen Science: Public Participation in Environmental Research

Janis L. Dickinson and Rick Bonney


Citizen science enlists members of the public to make and record useful observations, such as counting birds in their backyards. The large numbers of volunteers who participate in such projects collect valuable research data, which create an enormous body of scientific data on a vast geographic scale. In return, such projects aim to increase participants' connections to science, place, and nature. In this book, experts from a variety of disciplines share their experiences of creating and implementing successful citizen science projects, primarily those that use massive data sets gathered by ci ... More

Keywords: citizen science projects, public participation, research data, scientific data, environmental change, research approaches, citizen science, environmental research

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449116
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449116.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janis L. Dickinson, editor
Cornell University

Rick Bonney, editor

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Janis L. Dickinson and Rick Bonney

1 Overview of Citizen Science

Rick Bonney and Janis L. Dickinson

4 Growing the Base for Citizen Science

Miyoko Chu, Patricia Leonard, and Flisa Stevenson

5 What Is Our Impact?

Tina Phillips, Rick Bonney, and Jennifer L. Shirk

6 The Opportunities and Challenges of Citizen Science as a Tool for Ecological Research

Caren B. Cooper, Wesley M. Hochachka, and André A. Dhondt

7 Widening the Circle of Investigation

Benjamin Zuckerberg and Kevin Mcgarigal

9 Developing a Conservation Research Program with Citizen Science

Ralph S. Hames, James D. Lowe, and Kenneth V. Rosenberg

11 Cognitive Considerations in the Development of Citizen Science Projects

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?

Nancy M. Trautmann, Jennifer L. Shirk, Jennifer Fee, and Marianne E. Krasny

13 A Gateway to Science for All

Karen Purcell, Cecilia Garibay, and Janis L. Dickinson

14 Children and Nature

Nancy M. Wells and Kristi S. Lekies

15 Internet-Based Social Networking and Collective Action Models of Citizen Science

Heather A. Triezenberg, Barbara A. Knuth, Y. Connie Yuan, and Janis L. Dickinson


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