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Rick Bonney

Director of Program Development and Evaluation at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology


Rick Bonney is Director of Program Development and Evaluation at the Lab, where he has worked since 1983. He is co-founder of the Lab’s Citizen Science program, and his research focuses on 1) developing projects in which the public actively engages in scientific investigation and environmental conservation and 2) understanding the social and educational impacts of public involvement in science. He is co-editor of the second edition of the Lab’s Home Study Course in Bird Biology, which includes the Cornell Handbook of Bird Biology (Princeton University Press, 2004). He also advises

numerous projects throughout North America that are developing exhibits, curricula, interactive web sites, and community programs focused on science. He has published more than 100 newspaper and magazine articles about birds, natural history, and environmental concerns, and more than two dozen technical papers, reports, book chapters, and conference proceedings about birds and science education.


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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