Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: Roundup of recent discoveries

weekly roundup June 27

Continuing the tradition of thanking citizen science for new understanding of the natural world, below is a list of some of the publications from the last two weeks that relied on citizen science.  The topics include beach debris, red foxes, traffic noise, and lady beetles. Also, Ornithology students are learning to use data from citizen science to address their research questions, and this roundup includes three student theses: one on Canada geese, another on Golden Eagles, and the third on feeder birds.

(1) Beach debris

Hong et al. Quantities, composition, and sources of beach debris in Korea from the results of nationwide monitoring. Marine Pollution Bulletin.

(2) Red foxes

Scott et al. Changes in the distribution of red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in urban areas in Great Britain: findings and limitations of a media-driven nationwide survey. PLoSONE

(3) Traffic noise

Leao et al. 2Loud? Community mapping of exposure to traffic noise with mobile phones. Environ Monitoring & Assessment.

(4) Lady beetles

Losey et al. 2014. Lady beetles in New York: insidious invasions, erstwhile extirpations, and recent rediscoveries. Northeastern Naturalist.

(5) Canada Geese

Thesis: Ronke. Survival, abundance, and geographic distribution of temperate-nesting Canada geese (Branta Canadensis) in Arkansas.

(6) Golden Eagle

Thesis: Dennhardt. Modeling migration and citizen-science data to estimate Golden Eagle abundance in Eastern North America. West Virginia University.

(7) Feeder birds

Thesis: Sutcliffe. 2014. Insights from Project FeederWatch: Changes in the abundance and occurrence of birds in New Hampshire over the past 24 years. University of New Hampshire.

This is just a sample of citizen science contributions published this week. Help me fill in the blanks by sending links of more papers reporting the results of research that relied on citizen science. Send to me via twitter @CoopSciScoop or put in the comments below.

Researchers also published a citizen science data set on the Common Gull in Alaska:

Huettmann and Spangler. Opportunistic survey data of the Common Gull (Larus canus) and other detections in an urban environment, downtown Fairbanks, interior Alaska during mid-May 2014.

Of note, a report by the European Union about Citizen Science and Smart Cities is out.

Finally, check out this excellent peek into the history of crowdsourcing for science from an unexpected meteor storm in 1833 (with more than 72,000 meteors per hour).

Littmann and Suomela. 2014. Crowdsourcing, the great meteor storm of 1833, and the founding of meteor science. Endeavor.




photo credits: Canada geese by Dcoeztee, Golden Eagle by Chuck Abbe, Feeder birds illustration by JL Hirten, Fox by Peter Trimming, and Denison Olmsted by Magnus Manske.

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