The EarthEcho Water Challenge is an international program that empowers citizen volunteers to monitor their local water bodies. An easy-to-use test kit enables anyone to sample local water bodies for basic water quality parameters: temperature, pH, clarity (turbidity), and dissolved oxygen. More details: EarthEcho Water Challenge . The mission of Crowd the Tap is to ensure safe drinking water in the United States. Make your home part of the national inventory of water pipe materials! The inventory will help prioritize areas for tap water testing and infrastructure replacement. More details here: Crowd the Tap
The MSU Library provides access to a wide selection of books discussing citizen science. Here are a few highlights:
Jojo is prepping for an exciting night; it's time for the bat count! Bats have always been a welcome presence during the summers in the family barn. But over the years, the numbers have dwindled as many bats in the area caught white-nose syndrome. Jojo and her family count the bats and send the numbers to scientists who study bats, to see if the bat population can recover. On a summer evening, the family quietly makes their way to the lawn to watch the sky and count the visitors to their farm.
Citizen science has opened up the world of scientific research to anybody and everybody. It is being done in all areas of science--including zoology, biology, astronomy, chemistry, and more. Some projects involve going outside and observing nature while others revolve around data obtained and shared over the internet. And whether one has scientific training or not, the contributions being made by citizen scientists are making a difference.
This book identifies and explains the role of citizen science within innovation in science and society, and as a vibrant and productive science-policy interface. The scope of this volume is global, geared towards identifying solutions and lessons to be applied across science, practice and policy. The chapters consider the role of citizen science in the context of the wider agenda of open science and open innovation and discuss progress towards responsible research and innovation, two of the most critical aspects of science today.
This new field guide introduces readers to the Sasquatch--also popularly known as Bigfoot--in nature, in myth, and in modern culture. Gordon explores folklore, testimonies and evidence, and modern day encounters. He pieces together the species' physical features, behavior, and habitat, and suggests a "critical thinking" approach to the facts surrounding Sasquatch. Whether or not you are the one to discover Sasquatch, The Sasquatch Seeker's Field Manual, will help you become a better observer of nature, more knowledgeable data-gatherer, and skilled in basic tracking and wilderness navigation. Becoming a proficient citizen-scientist is a step toward bringing this creature into the spotlight of the scientific community.
Where once astronomers sat at the controls of giant telescopes in remote locations, praying for clear skies, now they have no need to budge from their desks, as data arrives in their inbox. And what they receive is overwhelming; projects now being built provide more data in a few nights than in the whole of humanity's history of observing the Universe. It's not just astronomy either--dealing with this deluge of data is a major challenge for scientists at CERN, and for biologists who use automated cameras to spy on animals in their natural habitats. But with so much scientific data, you need a lot of scientists--a crowd, in fact. Lintott found such a crowd in the Zooniverse, the web-based project that allows hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic volunteers to contribute to science. In this book, Lintott describes the exciting discoveries that people all over the world have made, from galaxies to pulsars, exoplanets to moons, and from penguin behaviour to old ship's logs. This approach builds on a long history of so-called 'citizen science', given new power by fast internet and distributed data. Discovery is no longer the remit only of scientists in specialist labs or academics in ivory towers. It's something we can all take part in.
Winner of the 2015 John Burroughs Medal & the 2015 WILLA Award for Best Creative Nonfiction. Diary of a Citizen Scientist is a timely exploration of the phenomenon of citizen science, told through the lens of nature writer Sharman Apt Russell's yearlong study of a little-known species, the Western red-bellied tiger beetle. In a voice both humorous and lyrical, Russell recounts her persistent and joyful tracking of an insect she calls "charismatic," "elegant," and "fierce." Diary of a Citizen Scientist offers its readers a glimpse into the transformative properties of citizen science--and documents the transformation of the field as a whole.
The Field Guide to Citizen Science, from the expert team at SciStarter, provides everything you need to get started. You'll learn what citizen science is, how to succeed and stay motivated when you're participating in a project, and how the data is used. The fifty included projects, ranging from climate change to Alzheimer's disease, endangered species to space exploration, mean sure-fire matches for your interests and time. Join the citizen science brigade now and start making a real difference!
With an explorer's eye, author Doug Bierend guides readers through the weird, wonderful world of fungi and the amazing mycological movement. In Search of Mycotopia introduces us to an incredible, essential, and oft-overlooked kingdom of life--fungi--and all the potential it holds for our future, through the work and research being done by an unforgettable community of mushroom-mad citizen scientists and microbe devotees. This entertaining and mind-expanding book will captivate readers who are curious about the hidden worlds and networks that make up our planet.
Winner of The Hillman Prize for Book Journalism 2019. In the first full account of this American tragedy, Anna Clark's The Poisoned City recounts the gripping story of Flint's poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it. It is a chronicle of one town, but could also be about any American city, all made precarious by the neglect of infrastructure and the erosion of democratic decision making.