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Rebecca Jordan

Assistant Professor of Citizen Science and Environmental Education at Rutgers University

Rebecca Jordan is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Education and Citizen Science in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources; Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution where she studies the cues associated with learning and scientific decision-making. Rebecca was a Department of Education GAANN Fellow at the Unviersity of Massachusetts where she completed her dissertation in organismal biology.  As a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at Princeton University, Rebecca became involved in the scholarship of teaching and

learning. Before arriving at Rutgers, Rebecca took her first Assistant Professor position at Elizabeth City State University, a small HBCU in rural North Carolina. 

Investigating citizen efficacy and learning in an ecological study of invasive plants

Opportunities in citizen science provide the general public with the opportunity to learn ecology in non-traditional settings yet there is little documentation on the extent of ecological learning through these opportunities. We employed citizen scientists in a scientific study documenting the occurrence of invasive plant species. Given the ecological implications of species invasions, we used this opportunity not only investigate the extent to which participants could collect scientifically meaningful data but to also study ecological learning. Specifically, we investigated the extent of invasive plant and ecosystem knowledge; participant views of scientific experimentation and evidence-based reasoning, and participant attitude toward ecologically oriented environmental problems and the role of scientists in providing solutions.

Citizen science, volunteer monitoring, participatory action research... this site supports organizers of all initiatives where public participants are involved in scientific research.

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