2014 New Call for Positions
2014 URS Call for Positions
This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.
082 Ecoinformatics, Citizen Science, and Adaptive Management
Berkeley Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management
Proposed Area of Coverage
Entire State of California
- Ecoinformatics Citizen Science CE Specialist Submitted to CNR May 13 2014 (doc), uploaded 05/16/2014 by Steven Lindow
I believe this position could provide a lot of value to landowners and land managers. At the Tejon Ranch Conservancy we believe that citizen scientists are an important resource to help us accomplish our adaptive management mission. Having technical assistance with developing, implementing, and analyzing the results of citizen science programs could be very beneficial to a nonprofit organization such as ours. I encourage you to fill this position, and the Conservancy looks forward to working with the new specialist!
It is still unclear who the target audience is. There is a broad list of groups listed but success in implementing change requires having a clearly defined audience. I am also still unclear as to what the desired outcomes and measures for success are.
WIth the rise in citizen science projects at a variety of scales (i.e National Phenology Network, The Great Sunflower Project, Monarch Migration groups, ANR's Centennial Be A Scientist Day, and the first comment posted above) there is a rising interest from the general public towards working for the greater good of science. This position would help foster that connection between managers, the public and scientists. Improvements in creating citizen science projects that address deep scientific concerns are needed. In addition, synthesizing and analyzing different data sets from the social sciences to biological sciences requires an understanding of informatics that is lacking in many programs and institutions. This position would help to fill those gaps and strengthen ANR's relationship with the general public.
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