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News and Updates 17 August 2010

A forthcoming survey, recent publications, and citizen science conference presentations...

1. Help improve Citizen Science Central
2. Recent publications
3. Citizen science at the Ecological Society of America conference
4. Call for abstracts, AGU session on Public Participation in Geoscience Research

Help improve Citizen Science Central

Citizen Science Central ( aims to support and promote rigorous research, education, data management, and project evaluation in this growing field. What resources would best support your work in these areas?  And how can this web site best deliver those to you?

We are rolling out a short survey to learn how Citizen Science Central can evolve to meet your needs. If you are on our mailing list (see details at the bottom of this page on how to join), look for an email entitled, "Citizen Science Central feedback requested." Your responses will help inform the future of this site, so please take the opportunity to tell us how the site can best help you.  Thanks!


Recent publications

We are constantly updating our reference database... if you have peer-reviewed publications about, or produced through, initiatives involving public participants in scientific research, please send us citations to add.  Here are just a few recent papers:

Crall, A.W., G.J. Newman, C.S. Jarnevich, T.J. Stohlgren, D.M. Waller, and J. Graham. 2010. Improving and integrating data on invasive species collected by citizen scientists. Biological Invasions. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-010-9740-9
PDF available from the Waller Lab web site,

Devictor, V., R.J. Whittaker, and C. Beltrame. 2010. Beyond scarcity: citizen science programmes as useful tools for conservation biogeography. Diversity and Distributions 16(3):354-362. DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2009.00615.x
PDF available from V. Devictor's publications page,

Koss, S.R., and J.Y. Kingsley. 2010 (in press). Volunteer health and emotional wellbeing in marine protected areas. Ocean & Coastal Management. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2010.06.002

Ryder, T., R. Reitsma, B. Evans, and P.P. Marra.2010. Quantifying avian nest survival along an urbanization gradient using citizen- and scientist-generated data

. Ecological Applications 20 (2): 419-426. DOI: 10.1890/09-0040.1

Abstract available on the journal's web site, 

Citizen Science at the Ecological Society of America meeting

Discussions about citizen science were broad at the 2010 Ecological Society of America meeting August 1st-6th in Pittsburgh. With a conference theme of global warming, symposia and organized oral sessions addressed the role of public participation in scientific research for understanding ecological responses to climate change and emerging initiatives for large scale monitoring of phenology. Other sessions covered the use of mobile devices for data input, building resilience to instances of disaster and conflict, and effecting both ecological and climate literacy.  Many more sessions can be reviewed by searching "citizen science" in the annual meeting program online. Conversations will continue August 7th-12th, 2011, in Austin, TX


Call for abstracts, American Geophysical Union session on Public Participation in Geoscience Research

From Convener Sandra Henderson:

"We invite you to contribute your abstract to the Education session “Public Participation in Geoscience Research: Engaging Citizen Scientists” at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, December 13-1, 2010!

This session will focus on best practices and lessons learned from public engagement programs that promote greater understanding of geoscience content and processes through participation. Tens of thousands of individuals regularly contribute to a variety of research projects in the geosciences. Submissions that address citizen science planning, marketing, recruiting, retention, web site design, data entry, data quality control, coordination and management, communication between participants and researchers, and project evaluation are encouraged as are those that represent the diversity of participants including K-12 school groups, informal science centers, individuals, communities, universities, and laboratories.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:Eric Graham, Center for Embedded Network Censors, UCLA Henry Reges, COCORHAS, Colorado State University Wendy Gram, NEON Erin Robinson, Washington University St Louis

Information regarding abstract submission can be found at The deadline for submission of presentations is 02 September 2010 at 2359 EDT.

If you have questions or you are not an AGU member and need to have your abstract submission sponsored by a member, please do not hesitate to contact us! Please remember that you can be a lead presenter on two abstracts if one of them is submitted to an education session.

We look forward to receiving your abstract and your participation in this session!"

Conveners: Sandra Henderson, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and Annette Schloss, University of New Hampshire


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