Citizen Science Project Summary
The iNaturalist project is an online community where average people and students can contribute to science by submitting pictures of wildlife in their area and helping each other to identify the species. I submitted and identified several species, mostly birds, to the website. I chose this project because my grandmother has always been a dedicated “explorer” and would take me with her on some of her adventures and teach me to identify plants and animals, this project reminded me of the fun I had in the Wisconsin north woods. After completing the project I feel a slight sense of accomplishment and may even continue to submit my pictures to the website, I’ve that found it’s fun to research Arizona’s wildlife and learn more about my state.
The community outreach project i did was an amazing experience to ASU. We not only got to hear the students jobs and what they love to do, we even got to evaluate skulls. The one skull I remember is the saber tooth; having humongous teeth, reminded me of the movie Ice Age. I wanted to join the project because I went last year and I learned so much more from the students speaking of their experiences, but how they change their subjects of study to get to the one the love today. Hopefully one day i can take this experience and help the community learn about science and how it is extremely important, it wont be so quick, I’m looking to give back with helping children learn what they love and explore that.
Floating Forests is a citizen science project that shows images of land and the purpose is to identify the areas of kelp. Some of the images were of the ocean, which allowed for many areas to be marked and identified as kelp, but others were all land. To mark a picture, you draw with your mouse around the area you believe has kelp. The images with all land must be left blank, as there are no signs of kelp there. I helped to identify areas of the world that had floating forests in them. I chose this project because I enjoy the ocean and it amazes me how much of the ocean is still undiscovered, so identifying things in the ocean was interesting to me. After completing my part I feel that although my contribution was small, I still was able to contribute to identifying parts of the world and make a difference. http://www.floatingforests.org/?_ga=1.5049523.1488991112.1449902479#/classify
Interview with a Molecular Geneticist
For my community science project I did the Google hangout with Megan, a Molecular Geneticist. It was really interesting to hear someone talk about what they are so passionate about. I would have never heard a lot of the things she discussed otherwise. She talked about college in general, saying things like it’s okay to have debt, but she was also science specific. She said “science is a long, tough road”. She talked about her proudest moment or milestone, which was publishing a paper for her doctorate. She worked on sickle cell disease, where she would ‘fix’ typos in DNA. She said applying what she is doing in the lab and seeing the benefits is the best part of being a scientist and her goal is to bring something to a clinic. She discussed how long it took her to get where she is, four years of undergrad and five years for her doctorate. She was very interesting and easy to listen to. I really enjoyed the interview and hope she is doing well.
Citizen Science Project
The project I did was about space. In the project I was tasks with identifying star clusters, egos, and bubbles. I helped to find these through a series of different pictures, I went through about 15 different photos and identified anything I could. I choose this project because I am very interest in space, so I wanted to learn more about what is in space and how it could affect us. After doing completing my part I felt happy to know more about space, I was also happy to know that I contributed to finding new things out in space. The website I did my project on zooniverse.org.
I and a few others joined a larger organization to restore a “forced habitat”. The habitat was full of invasive species that were destroying the habitat and they all needed to be removed. I joined the project because I enjoy cleaning up habitats and helping the smaller ecosystems that are vital to the larger ecosystem. The smaller ecosystem was full of animals and insects and plants that are extremely beneficial the environment. Without the smaller ecosystem, the environment would have changed. Learning about science is important because everything we have learned and created has been through science. If it weren’t for science, we would not be as far advanced in medicine, technology, and education. I feel incredibly good about completing my part, as it is something I enjoy doing.