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New citizen science initiative at the Cal Academy


  • 1. New Directions in CitizenScienceAlison YoungMay 19, 2012

2. Bay Area Ant Survey Most Wanted SpiderLiving Roof ProjectCalifornia Academy of Sciences 3. Citizen Science Goals Engage the public in real, active scientificresearch connected to the Academy Create projects with direct impact onbiodiversity, science literacy, and/orconservation Provide an opportunity for tiered-involvement by members of the public withvarying expertise and timeCalifornia Academy of Sciences 4. Citizen Science Goals (contd.) Provide multiple entry points for participantsat different stages of the scientific enterprise:defining the research, planning, datacollection, analysis, and sharing outcomes Engage scientists and participants in mutuallybeneficial work together Innovate in the use of mobile and other digitalmediaCalifornia Academy of Sciences 5. Measures of Success for CitizenScience Projects Scalable to reach regional or national/internationalaudiences Improve science and/or eco-literacy Advance Academy research Result in new information and public involvement insupport of sustainability initiativeslocally, regionally, nationally and/or internationallyCalifornia Academy of Sciences 6. Citizen Science: Bechtel Grant Year-long planning grantS.D. Bechtel, Jr.Foundation Answer real research questions aboutCalifornia biodiversity Use our historical collections as a baseline Two test casesterrestrial & intertidal Partners: Marin Municipal Water District &Fitzgerald Marine Reserve with Gulf of theFarallones National Marine Sanctuary 7. Test Case #1Marin Municipal Water DistrictBio surveys of plant species Key Goals: Document current state of flora on Mt. Tamalpais. Fill taxonomic gaps in our collections. Focus on fire-associated species and land use. Establish benchmark for exploring climate-related shifts in distribution.California Academy of Sciences 8. 17 species are known only from Marin and 8of these are found in the watershed!California Academy of Sciences 9. The Mt. Tamalpais watershed: a biodiversity paradise! 900 species of plants & 400 species of animals more than 50% of Marins flora is found in the watershed (only 12% of Marin County) 15% of Californias flora is found in the watershed (.01% of the area ofthe state)California Academy of Sciences 10. Test Case #2Pillar PointIntertidal Surveys Key Goals: Use Academy specimen data as baseline for comparing new data. Deliver species list with GPS tagged images & habitat ranges. Focus on influence of high visitorship & reef closures re: protecting harbor seals. California Academy of Sciences 11. Long-term climatic shifts: Climate change Permanent shifts in distribution11 12. California Climate Change 13. Progress to DateBiosurveys at Mt. Tamalpais Training session: March 23 March 24 Training sessions: April 28 & May 2 May 5 June 23-24 August 25Intertidal Monitoring at Pillar Point Week of June 4th 14. Future Steps Evaluation (on-going) Are we meeting our goals? Our we meeting the needs of our participants? 2013: Pilot-test a project Add-in goals not covered in test cases (tieredinvolvement, multiple entry points, mobile/digital media) 2014: Launch a project Include components on the public floor Future: Scale up CA network of science institutions National/internationalCalifornia Academy of Sciences