Caren is an Associate Professor at North Carolina State University, Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program in Leadership in Public Science, as well as the assistant director of the Biodiversity Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. She is an avian ecologist and relies on citizen science to help communities use birds as indicators of environmental health. She hosts monthly chat sessions about citizen science on Twitter, and author of Citizen Science: How Ordinary People Are Changing the Face of Discovery. Follow her at @CoopSciScoop
Citizen science is a range of activities and projects through which people from all walks of life help advance scientific discovery. Citizen scientists bring science into the mainstream and make science relevant to their lives.