This is a post I’ve been intending to write for a long, long time. It’s a lot easier to write about my day to day life as an ecologist and PhD student. In fact, any time I turn my computer on to write something that isn’t about me or about my personal research, I get this super intense surge of imposter syndrome. I’ll stop the unnecessary preamble there for now. It’s just my attempt to keep my writing in this space authentic, as I think it’s important to be honest about the struggles we face, even if they are mundane (Ermahgerd, writing a blog? What if someone *gasp* reads it?!)
|Training citizen scientists out at Stebbins Cold Canyon UC NRS|
What is Citizen Science anyway?
First things first, what is citizen science anyway? Well, first of all, it is science. That’s a major point to emphasize. Data collected by these projects should answer scientific questions or test specific hypotheses. Second, this is science being performed by individuals who are (in most cases) not formally trained as research scientists. There is a huge variety within the citizen science genre, but, in my experience, most projects fall into three main categories: atlas/survey, monitoring, and manipulative/experimental.