Keep up with our day-to-day efforts by following the Document Biodiversity blog, maintained by members of the Academy's Citizen Science department.
Interested in learning more about the Academy’s citizen science programs? Check out the videos, articles, and presentations below to delve deeper into our projects and priorities.
Videos and Lectures
- "Teaching Science Through Citizen Science" Workshop overview—Gerry Curtis for the Pearson Foundation
- Citizen Science at the Academy—Science Today
- Mt. Tamalpais BioBlitz—Think Blue Marin
- “Backyards, Beaches, Birds, and Bees: Citizen Science”—Commonwealth Club lecture
- “The Snake, the Seeker, and the Smartphone: Can Tech Save Biodiversity?”—Commonwealth Club lecture
- "How a Citizen Science App with Over 70,000 Users is Creating Local Community"—Storybench
- "Cal Academy's Dr. Rebecca Johnson Talks Bay Area Citizen Science"—Hoodline
- "Come on a Safari With Me"—Bay Nature
- "Citizen Science at the California Academy of Sciences"—Discover Magazine Online
- “Rediscovering California: Engaging the Public in Biodiversity Research and Conservation”—2013 North American Association for Environmental Education Conference
Citizen Science Convening
In May 2012, the California Academy of Sciences held three days of meetings about citizen science and biodiversity research. The goal of these meetings was to discuss best practices of public participation in scientific research with other institutions, citizen science practitioners and participants, data managers, and biodiversity researchers. This was done not only to help inform the Academy’s new citizen science initiative on documenting California biodiversity, but also to help advance the field of citizen science as a whole through engaging discussions and presentations about working with volunteers, aligning research and conservation goals with participant needs, and the use of technology in a variety of ways to benefit projects that involve public participation in research.
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