Member Interview: Pammi Price and Tina Barzo

Member Interview: Pammi Price and Tina Barzo

CSA works to foster connections that sustain the field of citizen science. We created this member interview series as a mini-mentorship opportunity to connect early career citizen science professionals with long time practitioners. For this post, Pammi Price, Education Program Coordinator at Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center in Ghent, NY, interviewed Tina Barzo, Leader of Volunteer Engagement at Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. Pammi is a new member of CSA, and new to the field of citizen science. Tina has over a decade experience coordinating citizen science programs. Pammi and Tina shared their enthusiasm and passion for citizen science…
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Career Path: Yao “Cha Cha” Foli

Career Path: Yao “Cha Cha” Foli

Want to make a career of citizen science, but not sure how? Let’s learn from the experiences of those building careers in this dynamic field. Yao "Chacha" Foli. Photo provided Yao "Chacha" Foli is an Independent Community-Based Organizations (ICBO) advisor and community researcher for the NOISE Project in collaboration with Cornell Lab of Ornithology [NOISE project profile]. At the age 31, after years leading environmental NGOs in the Ghana's Volta Region, he received a full scholarship to a private liberal arts college in upstate New York. This opened up a new world of opportunities that culminated in Ndor Eco-Village, an organization…
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Career Path: Pam DiBona

Career Path: Pam DiBona

Want to make a career of citizen science, but not sure how? Let’s learn from the experience of those who have successfully built a career in this dynamic field. Photo provided. Pam DiBona is the director of the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Partnership (MassBays), an EPA-funded National Estuary Program where she works to bring together together organizations and agencies who generate monitoring data. They use these data to describe environmental conditions and trends in the three Bays that make up our planning area, and support research and partnerships to take action that will improve those conditions. Until 2014, MassBays had…
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Member Interview: Clare Hawkins and Anne Eichholtzer

Member Interview: Clare Hawkins and Anne Eichholtzer

Clare Hawkins (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia) is the Citizen Science Coordinator at Bookend Trust and author of the Nature Trackers blog.  She has five years of dedicated experience managing citizen science projects including Where Where Wedgie and Claws on the Line. Clare was interviewed by Anne Eichholtzer, a PhD student at Deakin University based in Melbourne (Victoria, Australia). Anne is interested in the social outcomes of citizen science participation and the automatization of wildlife monitoring and is working on a TechnEcology project testing a new video camera trap technology with citizen scientists.  Anne interviewed Clare as part of a new member interview…
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Career Path: Kris Stepenuck

Career Path: Kris Stepenuck

Want to make a career of citizen science, but not sure how? Let’s learn from the experience of those who have successfully built a career in this dynamic field. Photo of Kris Stepenuck by Kat Hartwig Kris Stepenuck is the Extension Program Leader for Lake Champlain Sea Grant and Extension Assistant Professor of Watershed Science, Policy and Education at the University of Vermont. She has spent 20 years pursuing a passion for citizen science, which has included developing, implementing, nurturing and researching volunteer water monitoring programs, and trying to effectively absorb the wealth of knowledge that fellow practitioners and citizen…
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Introducing the Professional Development Working Group

Introducing the Professional Development Working Group

By Mark Chandler and Hannah Webber, and the Professional Development Working Group - - - The CSA board recently approved a Professional Development working group. Despite the term "professional," this group aims to serve practitioners (paid or unpaid) working to support the design, implementation, and/or use of citizen science. The goals of this group are to: Facilitate the development of meaningful, project-neutral professional development curricula. Collaborate with working groups and other organizations to deliver effective courses and learning experiences. Facilitate communication among those developing curricula and courses to maximize compatibility, standardization, and synergy to the degree possible. Help communicate the…
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Interview with Jennifer Shirk: Director of Field Development for CSA

Interview with Jennifer Shirk: Director of Field Development for CSA

In our ongoing series of blog posts about people who are working in the field of citizen science, we interview Jennifer Shirk, one of the Citizen Science Association's few part-time employees. Jennifer is based at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and has been part of field-building activities since the 2007 Citizen Science Toolkit Conference that launched the CitizenScience.org website. But here she tells us how she really got started in citizen science, and some of the next big steps she sees for the field. CSA: Jennifer, you’ve been involved with citizen science for many years. How did you first get…
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Interview with Michael Brubaker: Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network

Interview with Michael Brubaker: Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network

The recent White House Citizen Science Forum, “Open Science and Innovation: Of the People, By the People, For the People” showcased the work of many amazing people whose work we consider part of the citizen science spectrum. We wanted to get to know some of these individuals better so we asked a few of them to tell us a little more about themselves and how they engage others in public participation in scientific research. We hope you may learn from their experiences and find new connections to the work you do. We also consider this the launching point for a…
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Interview with Nolan Doesken, CSA Board Member & CoCoRaHS Director

Interview with Nolan Doesken, CSA Board Member & CoCoRaHS Director

The recent White House Citizen Science Forum, “Open Science and Innovation: Of the People, By the People, For the People” showcased the work of many amazing people whose work we consider part of the citizen science spectrum. We wanted to get to know some of these individuals better so we asked a few of them to tell us a little more about themselves and how they engage others in public participation in scientific research. We hope you may learn from their experiences and find new connections to the work you do. Here we spoke with Nolan Doesken, Founder and Director…
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Interview with Davis Masten: Quantified Self Labs

Interview with Davis Masten: Quantified Self Labs

The recent White House Citizen Science Forum, “Open Science and Innovation: Of the People, By the People, For the People” showcased the work of many amazing people whose work we consider part of the citizen science spectrum. We wanted to get to know some of these individuals better so we asked a few of them to tell us a little more about themselves and how they engage others in public participation in scientific research. We hope you may learn from their experiences and find new connections to the work you do. We also consider this the launching point for a…
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