CitizenSci blog examines the emerging phenomena of public participation in science from diverse disciplinary perspectives. The methodology of citizen science is pushing research frontiers in the natural and physical sciences, education, natural resource management, social sciences, science communication, human-computer interaction, information technologies, urban planning, geography, and even democracy. Cooperation between professionals and citizen scientists to co-create scientific knowledge expands not only depth and breadth of discoveries, but also the very possibilities for discoveries. Citizen Sci bloggers will bring stories about innovative projects, methodologies, and histories to help chart the changing landscape of public participation in scientific research.
The CitizenSci Team
Founder, SciStarter.com and ScienceCheerleader.com
Darlene is the founder of SciStarter.com, an online citizen science community that helps make it easier for people to learn about and get involved in citizen science projects. She is also the founder of ScienceCheerleader.com, a site that creates mechanisms for public engagement in scientific research and policy discussions. But Darlene is far better known for giving rise to the “Science Cheerleaders” comprised of more than 200 current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders who are also scientists and engineers. Darlene is Director of Special Projects at Discover Magazine. She holds a Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where she lives with her husband and four children.
Managing Editor [arvind at scistarter dot com]
Arvind Suresh is a science communicator and former laboratory biologist with an MS in Cell Biology. He works as a Science Media Liaison at the Genetic Expert News Service. He is also an information addict, gobbling up everything he can find on and off the internet. He enjoys reading, teaching, talking and writing science, and following that interest led him to SciStarter. Outside the lab and the classroom, he can be found behind the viewfinder of his camera. @suresh_arvind
Newsletter Editor and Co-ordinator, Contributor
Dr. Carolyn Graybeal holds a PhD in neuroscience from Brown University. She is a former National Academies of Science Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellow during which time she worked with the Marian Koshland Science Museum. In addition the intricacies of the human brain, she is interested in the influence of education and mass media in society’s understanding of science.
Newsletter Editor and Co-ordinator
Eva Lewandowski is a PhD candidate in the Conservation Biology Graduate Program at the University of Minnesota. She is part of the Monarch Lab, where she studies citizen science and conservation education. In her free time, she volunteers with environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation.
Caren Cooper, PhD.
Research Associate in Bird Population Studies at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Caren is a scientist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology where she carries out research on birds almost exclusively with data collected by willing and able hobbyists. Research via citizen science permits Caren to study ecological patterns and processes at continental-scales, in natural areas and around residences. Caren has a PhD in Biology from Virginia Tech, a Masters in Zoology & Physiology from the University of Wyoming, and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from North Carolina State University She is co-editor of an upcoming special feature about citizen science for the online journal Ecology & Society. She is also a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program, writing a book exploring the social and scientific impacts of citizen science, highlighting stories of the co-production of knowledge around the globe. Caren has contributed guest blog posts about the history of citizen science for Scientific American. Twitter: @CoopSciScoop