Can non-scientists help save the environment? With the advent of smartphone technology, citizen science is an increasingly powerful tool for observing, understanding, and monitoring the environmental health of our neighborhoods and the planet. Anyone can take part, even (especially!) young people, who are empowered in the process. The class will cover some citizen science logistics, focus on designing projects for equity and diversity, and engage story-telling techniques to help bring data to life.
Mary Ellen Hannibal is an award-winning author and committed citizen scientist. She’s the author of Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction, which was named one of the best titles of 2016 by the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Spine of the Continent. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Science, Nautilus, and other publications. She is a frequent speaker and emissary between science and a general audience, and is currently working on a book about butterflies and Vladimir Nabokov.