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  • People Power! Citizen Scientists and the Smithsonian

    When: Wednesday, April 21, 7–7:45 p.m. ET
    Where: Streaming online
    Category: Narrative Session
    Real-time captioning available

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    Citizen science is a powerful, accessible way to conduct scientific research. By engaging volunteers, experts can expand their geographical range as well as collect and analyze more data more quickly. This also offers the public substantive opportunities to be partners in the discovery process, while playing an integral role in improving our understanding of the world around us.

    In this session, you will meet Smithsonian researchers and volunteers involved in citizen science projects. eMammal uses motion-activated game cameras to understand and track the diversity of mammals throughout the United States. Fossil Atmospheres examines modern and fossilized ginkgo leaves to understand how local climate patterns have changed through time. You’ll learn how you can get involved with these projects, as well as other citizen science efforts near you.


    • Dr. Bill McShea, Wildlife Ecologist, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
    • Dr. Rich Barclay, Paleobotanist, National Museum of Natural History
    • Linda Davidson, Volunteer, Fossil Atmospheres
    • Johnny Stutzman, Fellow, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
    • Alison Cawood (moderator), Citizen Science Coordinator, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center


    This event is part of the Smithsonian Earth Optimism initiative, highlighting success stories in conservation and sustainability.

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