Citizen Science

Citizen science relies upon unpaid contributors. We examine programs, motivations of citizen scientists and benefits with the aim of providing a positive experience for participants.

Social media & citizen science

Nancy Longnecker & Andrea Liberatore

Facebook groups can be a useful tool for creating a virtual community to support citizen science efforts - especially for a dispersed group of volunteers. This research follows the New Zealand Garden Bird Survey Facebook group to understand who benefits and how.


TeachWild Evaluation Report

Jean Fletcher, Zarin Salter & Nancy Longnecker

An evaluation of Earthwatch Australia's TeachWild Program in school communities found that all teachers enjoyed participating in the Fellowship Program and reported numerous benefits from attending. They developed lessons and programs within their schools, delivered TeachWild messages to local community groups and actively advocated for colleagues to participate. Participation inspired behavioural changes in school communities.

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Examining online citizen science

Nancy Longnecker & Andrea Liberatore

Adrift is an online citizen science/science visualisation project where participants examine virtual phytoplankton in a simulated ocean environment. Sound interesting? The project is now live! Visit to take part.


Otago Participatory Science Platform

On Lee Lau, Andrea Liberatore & Nancy Longnecker

The Participatory Science Platform aims to support and promote collaborative research between scientists and communities. Click to read a report examining the first four pilot projects from the perspective of their programme coordinators.


Engagement with native frog conservation

Javiera Cisternas

The experiences described here follow the principle‘if you want to engage people with biodiversity conservation, you have to allow them be part of it’