Stream Tracker

What is Stream Tracker? As spotlighted in our March Newsletter, Stream Tracker is a citizen science project funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Citizen Science for Earth Systems Program. It is run out of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability (ESS) at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Stream Tracker studies intermittent streams – i.e., streams

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Writing Hypotheses

What is a hypothesis and why do I need one? Developing a hypothesis is the next step in the scientific method after you’ve developed your research question. (For more information on developing a research question, check out our last blog post. A hypothesis is essentially a tentative explanation related to your research question. Sometimes referred to

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Developing an Effective Research Question

Written by: Ellen Eisenbeis and Stacy Lynn Why is My Research Question Important? Setting your project up for success involves developing a research question that is clear, concise and achievable. This can be challenging, but is an essential step to creating a quality study. According to Jane Agee’s work on developing qualitative research questions, poorly

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The Front Range Pika Project – Emerging Science – Part 2

Hundreds of projects all over the world use the CitSci.org platform to build and grow their citizen science projects. Citizen science is the process of engaging the public in science research. Citizen science projects most commonly form around scientific questions that cannot be answered by scientists alone. In our Project Spotlight series, you’ll meet the

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The Front Range Pika Project – Why Pikas? – Part 1

Hundreds of projects all over the world use the CitSci.org platform to build and grow their citizen science projects. Citizen science is the process of engaging the public in science research. Citizen science projects most commonly form around scientific questions that cannot be answered by scientists alone. In our Project Spotlight series, you’ll meet the

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Studying the Science of Citizen Science

Laura McDuffie is a faculty member in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage and her boots are always muddy from wading through the mud in search of boreal birds. She runs a citizen science project every spring that engages Audubon volunteers in collecting information on wetland use by declining boreal wetland

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CitSci.org and CyberTracker Team Up to Advance Citizen Science

The year is 2001 and this is Central Africa. Reports are trickling in about an Ebola outbreak. The outbreak is unanticipated. Data for tracking and predicting the spread of the outbreak are scarce. Lives are at stake. What do you do? Enter CyberTracker. CyberTracker is a downloadable desktop software application developed to assist non-literate wild

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow Opportunity

The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University seeks a motivated full-time citizen science post-doctoral fellow to serve as a senior software engineer / web developer / ecological informatics specialist to develop and integrate the software of two web platforms (CitSci.org and CyberTracker.org) for a sustainable software integration NSF-funded project. This position involves developing

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Launching a Regional Water Quality Database with CitSci.org

By: Holden Sparacino, Outreach Manager with Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) Over the past two years, the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) has worked with CitSci.org to develop ALLARMwater.org, a database to house volunteer-collected data from hundreds of monitoring sites across Pennsylvania and New York, investigating small streams for potential impacts from shale

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Home Is Where the Citizen Science Is

When e-coli levels spiked in area waters, Virginia Master Naturalists stepped in to help. As part of a citizen science project, they conducted pre and post-intervention data collection to help determine whether or not management actions were reducing e-coli abundance. Why? Because Virginia is a place they call home. And a new paper by a

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