Citizen Science Summary
On my trip to ASU I was introduced to anthropology. I was taught the basics of anthropology—Lucy; Lucy is one of If not the first of our ancestors to have been discovered by scientists. I was shown the similarities and differences between our skulls with primates who have been significant in the study of human development. I enjoyed seeing the different casts of animals on the tables; It allowed me to view and study their structure and compare it to my own, whether it was with my feet, hands, spine, or skull. One thing I learned that has stuck with me is the difference between human eyes and some other rather large eyes; humans had adapted to hunting and are still being active during the day, which is why we have grown to have much smaller eyes than other animals who hunt at night, showing how there are some similarities in our way of life even during the 21st century. Anthropology is not only the study of human development from out flesh and bones, but also a study of cultural development and human nature. It is seeing how our way of life has changed as the centuries have gone by, ranging from thousands to hundreds of years ago. Overall, the trip to ASU greatly expanded my knowledge on the study of humans and gave me background information on the history of humans and anthropology and some of its milestones.
For my citizen science project I was going through different photos of a rainforest taken from what I assume was a remote camera set up. I was meant to look for animals and either they’re really good at hiding or their was nothing their. In one photo in particular though I did manage to spot some type of monkey I wasn’t sure what it was but in the end it was the only thing I could find. Apparently the camouflage they evolved to use was fairly effective
Citizen science project:
For my citizen science project, I did chimp and see on zooniverse.com, I was shown different clips, with either a chimpanzee or another animal. This project, mainly focused on learning more about nature and human evolution. While watching these 15 second clips, I had to state whether there was an animal in the video, and what they were doing. It was an interesting project, because I got to see different animals that I’ve never seen in a zoo. But also interpret what that animal was doing.
Zooniverse Project: Snapshots at Sea
Snapshots at Sea is a project where I had to identify certain parts of whales and other marine mammals. The main goal of the project is to catch the underside of the whale’s and other marine mammal’s flukes. By identifying and sorting through the pictures and identifying an abundance of clear and useful images, I have helped the research team in charge of Snapshots at Sea find answers to questions they and many others that care for these creatures are asking. Some of these questions include how the populations of these marine mammals are doing, if they are recovering, and if they will be able to reach their former, once immense populations again. The point of identifying fluke’s is to mark pictures that will serve as a contribution to this study; scientists and others part of the non-profit organization will study identification marks on these pictures, as well as considering the regions these pictures come from, time of year, and other important factors that will ultimately lead to tracking or gaining knowledge on the progression of these species. I took part in this project because of the interest that I have for marine life. I have had a deep fascination for the ocean and its inhabitants since I was very young, so I am glad that I am of help in such an important study. I hope that my contribution to this project will help scientists have a clear idea of the progress that whales and marine mammals are making, and lead to finding solutions to how climate change, poaching, as well as other negative impacts in the world, can be prevented and stopped from harming them.
Screenshot showing my completion of project (there were no more pictures for me to identify.)
Citizen Science Project
I spent a few hours on the Wildwatch Kenya project through Zooniverse. It seemed simple enough. The site presented you with a picture and you said whether or not an animal was present and they had parameters you used to identify the animal present. Then you said how many there were, what they were doing, and if there were any young animals present. For the most part, the pictures were of empty skies and brush. It was really exciting when an animal popped up in the next picture. Then the hard part began: correctly identifying the animals. I worry that I may have classified the deer-like animals incorrectly. I looked for distinct marking and identifiers, but some were just too far away or out of focus for me to name with confidence. It was really cool to see animals I never knew existed, like the Guinea Fowl or the Zorilla. And the pictures of Zebras up close were stunning. I really enjoyed looking for the animals in the images; it was such an easy way to contribute to scientific research.
Citizen Science Project
Space has always been a big interest of mine, which is why I chose Gravity Spy as my citizen science project, which I found on Zooniverse. This particular project interested me because gravity waves are still a fairly new discovery in the field of science and there is still a lot of research going on regarding gravity waves. LIGO is the most sensitive and complicated gravitational experiment ever built, and with the data it collects there are often many glitches. The project I was tasked with was to identify glitches the gravity wave detectors have picked up as either a ‘blip’ or ‘whistle’. The blips simply looked like blips that popped up on the chart, and whistles showed up as thin lines that stretched across the graph. If there was a blip, I’d sort it into the blip category, and if a thin line was stretching across the graph, I’d classify it as a whistle. It was very fascinating to find out just how these sensitive detectors pick up the gravitational waves emitted from the two distant black holes a few hundred lightyears away combining two create one supermassive black hole. In all, this was a very interesting project that taught me more about the concept of gravity waves. I was able to help categorize information gathered by detectors like LIGO to help advance future research regarding gravity waves.
As my citizen science project, I entered the site zooniverse.org to find a project I was interested in. After some deciding, I chose to do the WildCam Darien project. This was a task where citizens could analyze images taken from forests and classify animals that were visible within the pictures. I completed about a dozen of these pictures, classifying over twenty animals. Some of them were quite difficult, as I could not identify any animals inside at the moment, and yet with close observation, I was able to discover them. This project is very useful to scientists because sometimes, scientists collect way too much data and they are unable to analyze it all. And so, they call upon citizens of science to help them.