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Citizen scientists : school students conducting, contributing to and communicating ecological research – experiences of a school–university partnership.

Hsing, P.-Y. and Coghill, L. and Ryder, J. and Austin, M. and Dooley, S. and Ellison, A. and Fenwick, C. and Garland, M. and Humphrey, P. and Proudlock, H. and Robson, A. and Steer, C. and Turnbull, L. and Kent, V.T. and Bradley, S. and Hill, R.A. and Ascroft, R. and Stephens, P. (2020) 'Citizen scientists : school students conducting, contributing to and communicating ecological research – experiences of a school–university partnership.', School science review., 101 (376). pp. 67-74.

Abstract

Started in north-east England in 2015, MammalWeb aims to improve our knowledge of British mammals through the use of motion-sensing camera traps. Fundamental to the project is the involvement of local communities and individuals who act as citizen scientists. They contribute to the collection and analysis of the camera trap photographic data. Here, we jointly describe our experiences as a partnership between Belmont Community School and Durham University. School students became citizen scientists and ecological ambassadors who took part in research and designed outreach materials for their local community. We discuss what we learned and the resulting mutual benefits.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://www-ase-org-uk.ezphost.dur.ac.uk/resources/school-science-review/issue-376/citizen-scientists-school-students-conducting-contributing
Date accepted:16 March 2020
Date deposited:19 March 2020
Date of first online publication:17 April 2020
Date first made open access:22 April 2020

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