Citizen Science

April is Citizen Science Month. As we face global challenges, we may want to find local ways to make a difference in protecting endangered species, preventing disease, or accelerating medical research. Scientists need more eyes, ears, and perspectives than any lab has. Citizen science is a collaboration between these scientists and people who want to make a difference. By collecting data through taking photos of clouds or streams, documenting changes in nature, or playing games, you can help advance health and medical research. A citizen science project can involve one person or millions of people collaborating towards a common goal. Please join us this April in celebrating Citizen Science Month by contributing your time to scientific research.

Citizen Science Month

Week 4: Snapshot Safari

Help researchers in Africa identify different species! Choose from a list of ongoing projects. This Citizen Science project’s purpose is to identify wildlife to help scientists understand the diversity and dynamics of wildlife populations across Africa!

Please join other citizen scientists at https://www.zooniverse.org/organizations/meredithspalmer/snapshot-safari.

Week 3: Bash the Bug 

We need you to help us fight antibiotic resistance and tuberculosis!

The discovery of antibiotics in the middle of the 20th century helped reduce the number of deaths from infectious diseases globally. Unfortunately, the use of antibiotics has led to bacteria developing resistance. To help tackle the rise in bacterial resistance to antibiotics, doctors must know which antibiotics can and cannot be used to treat a patient with a bacterial infection such as Tuberculosis (TB). Understanding which antibiotics will be effective against a particular bacterial infection and are crucial for rapid patient treatment.

Scientists need your help to make sure their work is accurate! Your contribution will help scientists around the world develop more effective antibiotics to fight tuberculosis.

Please join the research at https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/mrniaboc/bash-the-bug/classify.

Week 2: Seek by iNaturalist

Explore plants and animals, earn badges, & optionally share for science. This app allows you to identify flora and fauna by taking pictures. You can share your photographs with scientists who are working on recording biodiversity.

App data: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/seek_app

Week 1: COVID Near You

Complete this short survey every day during the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic to help public health researches better understand the spread and impact of COVID-19. Take the survey here: https://covidnearyou.org/#!/.