Citizen science - Photo: Kevin Bacher
Photo: Kevin Bacher / Flickr

Citizen science

Citizen science is scientific research conducted by amateur scientists that is used to solve present day problems. Citizen science efforts embody the kind of collaborative problem-solving Switzer Fellows engage in every day, and Fellows lead projects nationwide that depend on citizens for their success.

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Camera trap bear

Technology is often accused of separating us from nature. Tavis Forrester’s eMammal project puts high-tech “camera traps” into the hands of volunteer citizen scientists, allowing them to connect with animals and behaviors usually hidden from view. The result is a blending of technology and nature that Forrester says is “magical in its ability to fire up kids and adults alike" with the excitement of scientific discovery.Read more >

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