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Think you need a degree in science to contribute to important scientific discoveries? Think again. All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. They are our neighbors, our in-laws, and people in the office down the hall. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now.Citizen scientists are challenging old notions about who can conduct research, where knowledge can be acquired, and even how solutions to some of our biggest societal problems might emerge. In telling their story, Cooper will inspire readers to rethink their own assumptions about the role that individuals can play in gaining scientific understanding and putting that understanding to use as stewards of our world. Citizen Science will be a rallying call-to-arms, and will also function as an authoritative resource for those inspired by the featured stories and message.
Caren Cooper is the assistant director of the Biodiversity Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, where she studies bird ecology and conservation through the use of citizen science.
Library Journal Review
Enlarging on ideas shared in the upcoming documentary The Crowd & the Cloud, Cooper (assistant director, Biodiversity Research Lab, North Carolina Museum of Natural Science) here explains both the past and present of the citizen science movement, in which ordinary people take part in scientific discovery and observation. She examines the wide range of individuals who join citizen science projects (hobbyists, retirees, teachers, students, gamers, activists) and the various disciplines (ornithology, microbiology, meteorology, biodiversity, astronomy) in which they participate. Historical examples of people communicating by letter to measure tides across England, compared to modern-day approaches to stop poachers in the Congo via GPS devices, show how individuals are contributing to published studies, educating themselves, and changing their communities. This engaging exploration of citizen science makes the case not only for the success of past projects but also for how such groups and partnerships are the hope for facing future challenges such as environmental change and disease. Verdict Speaking to educators at all levels, curious individuals hoping to get more involved, and groups planning community programming, this work is an excellent recommendation for both public and academic libraries.-Catherine Lantz, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago Lib. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
|Introduction: Marking the Tide||p. 3|
|Part 1 Hobbies of Discovery||p. 13|
|1 Meteorology: NOAA and the Flood||p. 15|
|2 Ornithology: Bird Is a Verb||p. 33|
|3 Entomology: Of Monarchs and Men||p. 51|
|4 Astronomy: The Pull of the Planets||p. 79|
|Part 2 The Necessity of Leisure||p. 107|
|5 Biochemistry: Protein Folding Is Magic||p. 109|
|6 Microbiology: Invisible Worlds Go Public||p. 131|
|7 Conservation Biology: Taking Stock||p. 155|
|Part 3 A World Where Everybody Counts||p. 179|
|8 Marine Biology: Turtles and Nurdles||p. 181|
|9 Geography: White Picket Fencelines||p. 205|
|10 Public Health: Patients, No Patience||p. 233|
|Conclusion: Setting Sail||p. 261|
|Call to Action||p. 277|