For my citizen science project, I chose to do one called “Measuring Giraffes” that I found on Zooniverse. In this project, I spent some time marking key points on several different giraffes seen in pictures. These key points included the highest point of their horns, the top of their head, where their neck meets their chest, and the bottom-front corner of their front-most hoof. However, each picture was different and not all of the points could be marked. For example, some of the hooves weren’t visible because of the tall grass and for those pictures I could not mark anything. In other pictures, there was more than one giraffe, so I had to focus on the giraffe in the center of the photo. I had fun doing this and I enjoyed seeing all the giraffes in their natural habitats. I also learned that the site’s research and studies are contributing to giraffe conservation, which is important considering their numbers are declining fast.
My citizen science was called Chimp and See, which can be found on Zooniverse. I had to look at different images and pictures of Chimpanzee monkeys and be able to tell what actions they were performing. By looking through the camera I had to learn on what they do on a day to day basis. There were multiple kinds of monkeys that needed to be identified and when watching them I found them most of the time being with their families or never being too far from others. Once I identified them I needed to specify how many there were of that species of monkey. Through this citizen science I was able to see how Chimpanzees live and act in the wild with no people being around to interfere with them.
For my first citizen science project, I spent 20 minutes depicting pictures of squirrels. First, I was asked how many squirrels were in the picture, some were blurry so I couldn’t really make them out; meanwhile, others were clear where they had one squirrel or numerous squirrels. Secondly, I was asked to determine what color the species of squirrel was, between the options of gray, black, and other. Most of the squirrels were gray, and by most, I mean the vast majority, with a few being black and a few being other. From this I learned, that there are now more gray squirrels then black squirrels because of genetics and adaptation.
For my second citizen science project, I played a project called “Run, Herring, Run” where I would have to pinpoint where there was a fish in the picture. Some of them had numerous fish, some had none, and one had a picture of a school of shrimp. In the pictures where it was darker there was more fish, which I found really cool and interesting.
For one of my projects, I spent about 30 minutes identifying animals that were seen passing sets of cameras. It was really interesting because i learned that there were a lot more species of animals than i thought. For my next project, i was also on zooniverse, and this time i played “smash the bug” and you get to look at pictures of viruses and the different dosages they give to see how high the dosage has to be to kill the virus. It was really cool to see the different types of viruses and the way they grow.
For my final Zooniverse project, I transcribed Australian criminal records from the 18th and 19th century. It was honestly really interesting, but also pretty hard. A lot of the handwriting was hard to read, but it became pretty fun after a while. Lots of the questions were just asking how many charges the person had or just other things like their height and their name. Overall, I had a lot of fun working on this project, it was a nice and productive way to pass some time.
For my project, I located different parts of the body on a model. Some of the anatomical parts I had to determine the location of included the brain, the heart, the lungs, and other important organs. Then, I went through to identify and locate muscles and glands. Bones were then identified, and once the little exam was through, I was asked my gender, age, education level, and home country. My answers will be used towards research on whether or not people are educated enough on the human body. Because we are all human beings, it is important for us to understand how and why our bodies operate. I found this zooniverse project interesting because it will be used directly towards research on biology education and the accuracy of concepts.
Planet Hunters TESS
Since I love physics and space, I gravitated towards those categories when choosing a project. The citizen science project that I chose to do was called “Planet Hunters TESS”. I was given the task to analyze points on lightcurves that appeared lower than the rest, called transits. I would then have to mark these transits which are when a planet passes in front of its parent star, blocking a small amount of the star’s light. Because of the multiple planets in the system as well as the distance of the planets from the stars, there could be one or more transits in the star’s lightcurve. I found this extremely interesting and fun to classify because I find space so intriguing! This helps the scientific community because by discovering this kind of information, we can find out more about the formation of these worlds.