Keep up with our day-to-day efforts by following the Document Biodiversity blog, maintained by members of the Academy's Citizen Science department.
Interested in learning more about the Academy’s citizen science programs? Check out the videos, articles, and presentations below to delve deeper into our projects and priorities.
Videos and Lectures
- Citizen Science at the Academy—Science Today
- Mt. Tamalpais BioBlitz—Think Blue Marin
- How Technology is Creating Citizen Scientists—GigaOM
- “Backyards, Beaches, Birds, and Bees: Citizen Science”—Commonwealth Club lecture
- “The Snake, the Seeker, and the Smartphone: Can Tech Save Biodiversity?”—Commonwealth Club lecture
- “2017 Environmental Education Award Winners Alison Young and Rebecca Johnson: Democratizing Science One Observation at a Time” - Bay Nature
- “Citizen scientists chase total solar eclipse” - Nature
- “Find a Lot of Bugs When You Clean Your Backyard Swimming Pool? Scientists Want to See Them” - Bay Nature
- “Bioblitz volunteers help catalog species”—SF Gate
- “Drones, Robotic Rovers and Citizen Scientists Join Forces to Sample a Lake’s Biodiversity”—Scientific American Online
- “Smartphone Apps Enable a New Phenomenon: the Grassroots ‘Bio-blitz’”—KQED
- “What’s under Pillar Point Harbor? Scientific researchers seek discoveries”—San Jose Mercury News
- “Marin Voice: Citizen science brings passion about the natural world back into our lives”—Marin Independent Journal
- “Dreaming Big about Citizen Science”—Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Citizen Science Central
Citizen Science Convening
In May 2012, the California Academy of Sciences held three days of meetings about citizen science and biodiversity research. The goal of these meetings was to discuss best practices of public participation in scientific research with other institutions, citizen science practitioners and participants, data managers, and biodiversity researchers. This was done not only to help inform the Academy’s new citizen science initiative on documenting California biodiversity, but also to help advance the field of citizen science as a whole through engaging discussions and presentations about working with volunteers, aligning research and conservation goals with participant needs, and the use of technology in a variety of ways to benefit projects that involve public participation in research.
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