Citizen Science in the Age of COVID
with Mary Ellen Hannibal
Tuesday, April 8, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
The growth of citizen science in recent years has been astonishing. Thanks to smartphone technology, millions of ordinary citizens (including young people) are helping to save the planet by tracking species, monitoring pollution, measuring sea rise, and collecting data on thousands of environmental issues, as well as by sharing resources and information with the world. This class will also look at the ways citizen scientists have stepped up in recent months to gather data on, and help communities deal with, the coronavirus pandemic.
Mary Ellen Hannibal is an award-winning author and committed citizen scientist. She’s the author of Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction, which was named one of the best titles of 2016 by the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Spine of the Continent. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Science, Nautilus, and other publications. She is a frequent speaker and emissary between science and a general audience and is currently working on a book about butterflies and Vladimir Nabokov.