I am a Sonoma State University graduate student in the Girman Biology group. I am a big citizen science advocate. My research is focused on the impact of microgeographic features and changing seasonal climate variables on the phenology of herpetofauna at two nature preserves within the North Bay Area.
I am incorporating the participation from junior scientists and citizen scientists for several aspects of my project.
As a former high school biology teacher in the North Bay Area, my students focused on the first ever high school iNaturalist project, Montgomery High School Ecology Project. I enjoy collaborating with other biology teachers who are interested in implementing citizen science into their curriculum. My website, www.protecthabitat.com has my iNaturalist project outline and related curriculum available for those interested in implementing a secondary school-level or college-level citizen science project. I would love to connect with other teachers and/or graduate students implementing citizen science into a project so we can share ideas.
It was very exciting to participate in the first UC Master Naturalist program held at Pepperwood Preserve which is where I learned about citizen science. I look forward to the upcoming 1st state-wide UC Naturalist Convention in 2014.
That's all! Cheers, Julie (AKA "protecthabitat")