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Citizen science is the public involvement in the discovery of new scientific knowledge. A citizen science project can involve one person or millions of people collaborating towards a common goal. It is an excellent option for anyone looking for ways to get involved and make a difference. 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!
Darlene Cavalier is a professor of practice at Arizona State University's School for the Future of Innovation in Society. Cavalier is the founder of SciStarter, founder of Science Cheerleaders, and cofounder of ECAST: Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology. She is a founding board member of the Citizen Science Association, an advisor and Fellow at National Geographic, a member of the EPA's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology and she was recently appointed to the National Academy of Sciences "Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning" committee. She is the co-editor of The Rightful Place of Science, author of The Science of Cheerleading, and co-author of The Field Guide to Citizen Science. She resides in Philadelphia, PA with her husband and their four children.
Catherine Hoffman followed a mentor’s recommendation to pursue citizen science as a way to combine her background in science with an interest in science engagement. Some of her favourite experiences include collecting data for iNaturalist, swabbing her showerhead for microbes, taking backyard soil samples, and measuring the falling temperature in downtown Nashville during the total solar eclipse in 2017.
Caren Cooper spent fourteen years at the Cornell Lab, with her interest in citizen science, growing more intense with each consecutive year. When her undergraduate alma mater, North Carolina State University, started investing in citizen science she soon found herself back in her home state, mentoring graduate students to be public scientists carrying out their research in collaboration with citizen scientists.
"Writing with encouraging clarity, the authors explain how to become a citizen scientist and how scientists provide the instructions and equipment required for collecting authentic data."
"The most powerful way for science to change your perception of the world is for you to do it yourself. That's the underlying theme of this friendly how-to overview of the citizen science movement [...] As with every great adventure, you just have to take the first step to get going."
– Discover Magazine
"This book is infectious in the best way possible. In a world that often feels like it is spinning out of control, where your actions can appear insignificant and change seems out-of-reach, this book gives you hope, a sense of possibility, and perhaps even a purpose."
– Science Connected
"A must-have resource for learning the truths and myths of citizen science."
– The Arlington Daily Herald