This hands-on guide to citizen science details how ordinary people can participate in scientific research and help change the world in meaningful ways.
Darlene Cavalier created SciStarter in 2010 to help make citizen science opportunities discoverable to as many people as possible. Darlene is also the founder of the nonprofit Science Cheerleaders, which combines her love of cheerleading with a desire to make science accessible. The Science Cheerleaders, former and current NFL and NBA cheerleaders pursuing careers in science, work with fans and youth sports and cheerleading organizations to challenge stereotypes and engage people in citizen science.
Catherine Hoffman followed a mentor’s recommendation to pursue citizen science as a way to combine her background in science with an interest in science engagement. Some of her favorite experiences include collecting data for iNaturalist, swabbing her showerhead for microbes, taking backyard soil samples, and measuring the falling temperature in downtown Nashville during the total solar eclipse in 2017.
Caren Cooper spent fourteen years at the Cornell Lab, with her interest in citizen science, growing more intense with each consecutive year. When her undergraduate alma mater, North Carolina State University, started investing in citizen science she soon found herself back in her home state, mentoring graduate students to be public scientists carrying out their research in collaboration with citizen scientists.