Citizen Science, also called “public participation in science research,” occurs when volunteers partner with scientists to answer real-world questions. Volunteers may collect field data, interpret images, design approaches and even formulate research questions and share findings. These volunteers have made important science contributions in diverse fields including protein synthesis, astronomy, stream health, weather patterns and bird migration and behavior.
Citizen science at the Appalachian Laboratory focuses on environmental science questions and is open to volunteers in western Maryland, the central Appalachian region, and around the country.
Click on PopClock and CRAC below to learn more about our two current citizen science efforts: