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“How To” Become a Citizen Scientist in Minutes

Citizen Science Salon iconCitizen Science SalonBy lshellSep 7, 2019 12:00 AM


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Virtually join a SCUBA diver as she takes a fish survey. Watch scientists explain the goals of their research, how YOU can get involved, and what they’ll do with the data you collect. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the videos we feature below. You’ll discover how you can become a citizen scientist, in minutes!

Nature TV and WNET produced this video about citizen science and SciStarter, too. Find more citizen science project videos on SciStarter’s “How To” YouTube channel. If you’re a project leader, here are some tips on how to make a video for your project!

Caterpillars Count!

Help scientists understand some of the most important organisms in our ecosystems—caterpillars and other insects—by conducting surveys of plants and trees. View “How To” Video

GLOBE Observer: Trees

Use your mobile device to measure tree height to help NASA learn how changes impact the carbon cycle. View “How To” Video

Urban Buzz

Cicadas are still lingering in some trees! Collect some to contribute to Urban Buzz. View “How To” Video

REEF Fish Survey Project

Are you a SCUBA diver? Record and share data about the fish you see while diving.  View “How To” Video

Stall Catchers, by EyesOnALZ

Help advance Alzheimer’s research by identifying stalled or flowing blood vessels in videos of mice brains. View “How To” Video

The Field Guide to Citizen Science

The Field Guide to Citizen Science—by the expert team at SciStarter and published by Timber Press—makes it easier than ever for those new to citizen science to get involved! Pre-order a copy here.

Citizen Science: Ears Edition

In this episode of the Citizen Science podcast, co-host Caroline Nickerson talks with the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (or COASST, for short) project about monitoring marine resources and ecosystem health. You can listen here.

Discover more citizen science on the SciStarter calendar. Did you know your SciStarter dashboard helps you track your contributions to projects? Complete your profile to access free tools. Want even more citien science? Check out SciStarter’s Project Finder! With citizen science projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there’s something for everyone!

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