Investing in Citizen Science Can Improve Natural Resource Management and Environmental Protection

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products | Reference Materials | Report
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Citizen Science Programs
General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Scientists
Ecology, forestry, and agriculture
USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, University of California, Davis, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, University of Washington, University of Notre Dame, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, University of Wisconsin, Madison, U.S. Geological Survey, University of Maryland, College Park, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, State University of New York, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Academy of Natural Sciences, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

Citizen science has made substantive contributions to science for hundreds of years. More recently, it has contributed to many articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has influenced natural resource management and environmental protection decisions and policies across the nation. Over the last 10 years, citizen science—participation by the public in a scientific project—has seen explosive growth in the United States and many other countries, particularly in ecology, the environmental sciences, and related fields of inquiry. The goal of this report is to help government agencies and other organizations involved in natural resource management, environmental protection, and policymaking related to both to make informed decisions about investing in citizen science. In this report, we explore the current use of citizen science in natural resource and environmental science and decisionmaking in the United States and describe the investments organizations might make to benefit from citizen science.

Publication Name: 
Issues in Ecology

Team Members

Duncan McKinleyDuncan McKinleyAuthor
Abraham Miller-RushingAbraham Miller-RushingAuthor
Rick BonneyAuthor
Hutch BrownHutch BrownAuthor
Rebecca FrenchRebecca FrenchAuthor
Sean RyanSean RyanAuthor
Lea ShanleyLea ShanleyAuthor
Kristine StepenuckKristine StepenuckAuthor
Jake WeltzinJake WeltzinAuthor
Andrea WigginsAndrea WigginsAuthor
Owen BoyleOwen BoyleAuthor
Russell BriggsRussell BriggsAuthor
Stuart ChapinStuart ChapinAuthor
David HewittDavid HewittAuthor
Peter PreussPeter PreussAuthor
Michael SoukupMichael SoukupAuthor

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