Citizen Science Project
The citizen science project I chose to participate in was the elephant expedition project on zooniverse.org. I was drawn by this project because I have an admiration for elephants and I was interested to see why scientists wanted to keep track of them. After looking more into the task, I realized that scientists are trying to study the location of these animals by setting up hidden cameras and using motion detectors to capture photos of the elephants. They are doing this to protect the location from poachers who are trying to hunt the elephants for their ivory tusks. For this project, I had to view some of the photos that were captured and classify what was in the picture. Most of the photos contained elephants, however, a few of them were just pictures of shrubs and grass, and occasionally there was a photo of a gorilla or an indistinguishable creature. Overall, I thought it was really interesting to analyze these photos and do something to help a scientist conserve wildlife.
I choose a simulation called Bash the Bug on zooniverse. The task was to identify if there was any growth in bacteria after using an antibiotic or if it stayed the same. It shows a picture of the bacteria without antibiotics and multiple pictures of the bacteria with different dosages. I choose this simulation because I think it is important for scientist to understand how antibiotics are working against a certain bacteria. It’s important to be able to see this because scientist need to determine if that antibiotic is still useful against that bacteria or if they need to improve the antibiotic. It is necessary to keep up with this because a bacteria may become “immune” to the antibiotic which means that a new antibiotic needs to be used or that a higher dosage is needed to treat that bacteria. I liked participating in this project and helping to stop resistance to antibiotics.
It is a game like simulator where the user maps neurons in the retina. This served as a way for people to better understand their brain and what goes on in it. So all the user had to do was look at a brain scan and try to determine what was a neuron based on the scan. Once we did that we had to physically locate the neuron in the brain on the scanner. I chose this project because anything that involves the brain or mental issues interest me so much. I feel as though I know so much more about the human brain than I ever learned in anatomy and I feel as though I made a difference in some way. http://eyewire.org/explore
Community Science Project
I joined the iNaturalist project which empowers citizens to record biodiversity. The goal of the project is to go out in the wild and take pictures of the nature around you and send your findings to their website. I joined this project because I enjoy hiking and taking these photos was very entertaining. I helped the community by providing images of the current Arizonian environment which land managers and scientist can use to monitor changes in the environment. Science is important because with it we can use it to understand changes in the environment and why they happen. After doing this, I felt very content with myself because I had helped the community once more.
For this citizen science project I did on where you identified different species of fish in the ocean and you label them and for some say what they are doing. This is important because there is a lot of ocean and scientists cannot work to label all of it and need help due to the size of the operation. I learned about all the different types of fish and other species that live in parts of the ocean that I didn’t believe were that biologically diverse. This impacts the science community by easing the load on scientists and allowing them to do other tasks so they can do important that might be more important at that time.