Helping scientists, communities, and citizens address environmental problems collaboratively as a part of civic life
Citizen science has emerged as a potentially transformative tool
for scientists and communities to build better understanding of
complex environmental issues. Professional scientists can expand
the power and reach of their work and make discoveries that would
otherwise have been impossible. Different parts of
society—schools, museums, government agencies, local communities,
and of course, scientists—are collaborating in new ways to
generate questions and use scientific processes to gain
knowledge about their environment.
At the Center, we research ways to broaden and improve
participation in science by diverse communities. Through our
projects, we investigate the ways that citizen science
can effectively improve scientific learning, and
develop resources and tools that researchers, managers, and
others can use to build successful citizen science programs.