New Directions in Citizen        ScienceAlison YoungMay 19, 2012
Bay Area Ant Survey                                 Most Wanted SpiderLiving Roof Project                                 ...
Citizen Science Goals•   Engage the public in real, active scientific    research connected to the Academy•   Create proje...
Citizen Science Goals (cont’d.)•   Provide multiple entry points for participants    at different stages of the scientific...
Measures of Success for Citizen          Science Projects• Scalable to reach regional or national/international  audiences...
Citizen Science: Bechtel Grant• Year-long planning grant—S.D. Bechtel, Jr.  Foundation• Answer real research questions abo...
Test Case #1—Marin Municipal         Water DistrictBio surveys of plant species Key Goals: • Document current state of   f...
17 species are known only from Marin and 8    of these are found in the watershed!                              California...
The Mt. Tamalpais watershed: a biodiversity paradise! • 900 species of plants & 400 species of animals • more than 50% of ...
Test Case #2—Pillar PointIntertidal Surveys Key Goals: • Use Academy specimen data   as baseline for comparing   new data....
Long-term climatic shifts: Climate change     • Permanent shifts       in distribution11
California Climate Change
Progress to Date•Biosurveys at Mt. Tamalpais     Training session: March 23     March 24     Training sessions: April 28 &...
Future Steps•   Evaluation (on-going)    –   Are we meeting our goals?    –   Our we meeting the needs of our participants...
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Afternoon presentation - AYoung

  1. 1. New Directions in Citizen ScienceAlison YoungMay 19, 2012
  2. 2. Bay Area Ant Survey Most Wanted SpiderLiving Roof Project California Academy of Sciences
  3. 3. Citizen Science Goals• Engage the public in real, active scientific research connected to the Academy• Create projects with direct impact on biodiversity, science literacy, and/or conservation• Provide an opportunity for “tiered- involvement” by members of the public with varying expertise and time California Academy of Sciences
  4. 4. Citizen Science Goals (cont’d.)• Provide multiple entry points for participants at different stages of the scientific enterprise: defining the research, planning, data collection, analysis, and sharing outcomes• Engage scientists and participants in mutually beneficial work together• Innovate in the use of mobile and other digital media California Academy of Sciences
  5. 5. Measures of Success for Citizen Science Projects• Scalable to reach regional or national/international audiences• Improve science and/or eco-literacy• Advance Academy research• Result in new information and public involvement in support of sustainability initiatives locally, regionally, nationally and/or internationally California Academy of Sciences
  6. 6. Citizen Science: Bechtel Grant• Year-long planning grant—S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation• Answer real research questions about California biodiversity• Use our historical collections as a baseline• Two test cases—terrestrial & intertidal• Partners: Marin Municipal Water District & Fitzgerald Marine Reserve with Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
  7. 7. Test Case #1—Marin Municipal Water DistrictBio surveys of plant species Key Goals: • Document current state of flora on Mt. Tamalpais. • Fill taxonomic gaps in our collections. • Focus on fire-associated species and land use. • Establish benchmark for exploring climate-related shifts in distribution. California Academy of Sciences
  8. 8. 17 species are known only from Marin and 8 of these are found in the watershed! California Academy of Sciences
  9. 9. The Mt. Tamalpais watershed: a biodiversity paradise! • 900 species of plants & 400 species of animals • more than 50% of Marin’s flora is found in the watershed (only 12% of Marin County) • 15% of California’s flora is found in the watershed (.01% of the area of the state) California Academy of Sciences
  10. 10. Test Case #2—Pillar PointIntertidal Surveys Key Goals: • Use Academy specimen data as baseline for comparing new data. • Deliver species list with GPS tagged images & habitat ranges. • Focus on influence of high visitorship & reef closures re: protecting harbor seals. California Academy of Sciences
  11. 11. Long-term climatic shifts: Climate change • Permanent shifts in distribution11
  12. 12. California Climate Change
  13. 13. Progress to Date•Biosurveys at Mt. Tamalpais Training session: March 23 March 24 Training sessions: April 28 & May 2 May 5 June 23-24 August 25•Intertidal Monitoring at Pillar Point Week of June 4th
  14. 14. Future Steps• Evaluation (on-going) – Are we meeting our goals? – Our we meeting the needs of our participants?• 2013: Pilot-test a project – Add-in goals not covered in test cases (tiered involvement, multiple entry points, mobile/digital media)• 2014: Launch a project – Include components on the public floor• Future: Scale up – CA network of science institutions – National/international California Academy of Sciences

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