Citizen Science is the opportunity for everyday people to participate in scientific studies. There are many opportunities to participate in a wide variety of fields, depending on your interests. Here is an ever growing round-up of such resources.
Mastodon Matrix Project
Here's a description from the website:
"Over the past decade tens of thousands of students from across the U.S. have participated in the Mastodon Matrix Project TM. The project has attracted considerable media attention, most recently an article first published in LiveScience.com:
4th-Grade "Paleontologists" Discover 11,500-Year-Old Mastodon Hair"
Click here to learn more.
Hummingbirds At Home
"Hummingbirds at Home is a brand new citizen science initiative from Audubon. The project will help scientists understand how climate change, flowering patterns and feeding by people are impacting hummingbirds." Follow this link for more information.
Genographic - A National Geographic Project
"Since its launch in 2005, National Geographic’s Genographic Project has used advanced DNA analysis and worked with indigenous communities to help answer fundamental questions about where humans originated and how we came to populate the Earth. Now, cutting-edge technology is enabling us to shine a powerful new light on our collective past. By participating in the latest phase of this real-time scientific project, you can learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible. You will also help support the Genographic Legacy Fund, which works to conserve and revitalize indigenous cultures around the world."
The Snowtweets Project
Click here for the Snowtweets link.
"The Snowtweets Project provides a way for people interested in snow measurements to quickly broadcast their own snow depth measurements to the web. These data are then picked up by our database and mapped in near real time. We are especially interested in using web-based digital technologies to map snow depth data; currently, the project uses the micro-blogging site Twitter as its data broadcasting scheme."
"IceWatch USA™, a program of Nature Abounds, brings you the opportunity to help scientists study how our climate is changing!
With as little as 10 minutes, you can report information that will help to analyze how our climate will change in different regions of the United States, and how our ecosystems are reacting to the change. IceWatch USA™ is modeled after and a proud partner of Ice Watch Canada."
A Spacecraft for All
Launch into space with a Chrome Experiment that follows the entire 36-year- long odyssey of the ISEE-3. See its entire path as an interactive documentary. This re-purposed spacecraft is now an amazing citizen science project. Connect to see live feeds from mission control (an old McDonald's restaurant). "Hey, NASA, I see you're not doing much with that old spacecraft just flying around up in space. Mind if we play with it for a while?" That's what a group of folks asked, and this website is where it's happening....
Follow along at A Spacecraft for All
"WNYC invites families, armchair scientists and lovers of nature to join in a bit of mass science: track the cicadas that emerge once every 17 years across New Jersey, New York and the whole Northeast by building homemade sensors and reporting your observations."
Here's the link to their website.
"University of Delaware researchers working with mid-Atlantic scallop fishermen invite citizen scientists to help survey the scallop population in the New York Bight, off the coasts of New York, New Jersey and Delaware by analyzing undersea images captured by a robot submarine named Dora. The SubseaObserver approach is designed to cover more terrain in less time while leaving the undersea environment undisturbed." - from Scientific American article
SubSea Observers website link.
Zooniverse - A Menu of Projects to Choose From
"The Zooniverse is home to the internet's largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects. Our current projects are here but plenty more are on the way. If you're new to the Zooniverse, we suggest picking a project and diving in - the same account will get you into all of our projects, and you can keep track of what you've contributed by watching 'My Zooniverse'."
Some possibilities include:
Galaxy Zoo Whale Communication
Moon Zoo Bats
Solar Storm Watch Ocean Floor
Planet Hunters Cancer Research Data Analysis
Milky Way Project Climate
Organizations with projects include NASA, NOAA, and the Cancer Research Center UK, to name a few. Check out the project menu at this LINK.
Help Map the Brain with EyeWire
"EyeWire is an online community of “citizen neuroscientists” who map neural connections by playing a game.
The EyeWire Games have begun! Learn more on the blog.
By joining EyeWire, you can help map connections between retinal neurons. This information advances neuroscience research on how the retina functions in visual perception. You also help the EyeWire team, based at MIT, develop computational technologies for mapping the connectome.
More information about EyeWire and its scientific goals can be found on the wiki."
How cool is that?
Passports in Time
"Passport in Time (PIT) is a volunteer archaeology and historic preservation program of the USDA Forest Service (FS). PIT volunteers work with professional FS archaeologists and historians on national forests throughout the U.S. on such diverse activities as archaeological survey and excavation, rock art restoration, archival research, historic structure restoration, oral history gathering, and analysis and curation of artifacts. The FS professional staff of archaeologists and historians will be your hosts, guides, and co-workers." To learn more about the program, visit http://passportintime.com/