Café Scientifique - Volunteering for the environment: Growing citizen science in New Zealand

Speaker(s): Monica Peters, PhD student, University of Waikato

Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Point, Tauranga

18th Apr 2016 6:30pm

At the next Café Scientifique, University of Waikato PhD student Monica Peters explores citizen science.

Citizen science is all about public participation in scientific research. Monica will provide an overview of citizen science in New Zealand, from large-scale scientist-led initiatives to the ‘grassroots’ citizen science carried out by community groups (within the context of their environmental restoration projects).

Citizen science offers tremendous potential for collecting a wide range of useful data to help us better understand such things as the effects of climate change on flora and fauna; changes to ecosystem health, and population trends and the distribution of flora and fauna species. Social outcomes are diverse and include enhancing participants’ scientific and ecological literacy. With citizen science fast becoming a global movement, how can we grow and sustain citizen science in New Zealand?

Monica has previously studied ecology at the University of Otago and has worked in both the conservation and international development sectors.