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Megan K Hines

I.T. Specialist

Office of Water Information

Office Phone: 608-821-3917
Fax: 608-821-3817
ORCID: 0000-0002-9845-4849

8505 Research Way
6006 Schroeder Road
Madison , WI 53711-6223

Supervisor: Steven L Markstrom
This presentation is a product of the 2012 CDI Project: USGS Citizen Science Workshop. See the "Resources" section below for a downloadable pdf file of the original PowerPoint presentation. It was presented on Sept. 5, 2012 at a CDI-sponsored webinar. The USGS CDI supported the development of the Citizen Science Working Group in August 2011 and funded the Working Group’s proposal to hold a USGS Citizen Science Workshop in fiscal year 2012. The goals or the USGS Citizen Science Workshop were: To raise awareness of research within the USGS that incorporates citizen science To create a Community of Practice from which knowledge and expertise can be shared To provide a forum to discuss the challenges of and opportunities...
How can the public discover opportunities for participation in USGS scientific research? What citizen science projects are currently active within the USGS? How may PIs increase public engagement in and awareness of their citizen science projects? To address these questions, a web application leveraging existing Community for Data Integration (CDI) and USGS work was created to allow unprecedented public access to USGS citizen science project metadata and highlights of key science outcomes. Such an application enables, for the first time, high-visibility, unified open access to information about projects and practices related to citizen participation in USGS research. The need for such information was identified...
The U.S. Geological Survey's Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center (GCMRC) is the science provider for the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program. In this role, the research center provides the public and decision makers with relevant scientific information about the status and trends of natural, cultural, and recreational resources found in those portions of Grand Canyon National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area affected by Glen Canyon Dam operations.
Water temperatures are warming in lakes and streams, resulting in the loss of many native fish. Given clear passage, coldwater stream fishes can take refuge upstream when larger streams become too warm. Likewise, many Midwestern lakes “thermally stratify” resulting in warmer waters on top of deeper, cooler waters. Many of these lakes are connected to threatened streams. To date, assessments of the effects of climate change on fish have mostly ignored lakes, and focused instead on streams. Because surface waters represent a network of habitats, an integrated assessment of stream and lake temperatures under climate change is necessary for decision-making. This work will be used to inform the preservation of lake/stream...
What USGS programs use citizen science? How can projects be best designed while meeting policy requirements? What are the most effective volunteer recruitment methods? What data should be collected to ensure validation and how should data be stored? What standard protocols are most easily used by volunteers? Can data from multiple projects be integrated to support new research or existing science questions? To help answer these and other questions, the USGS CDI supported the development of the Citizen Science Working Group (CSWG) in August 2011 and funded the Working Group’s proposal to hold a USGS Citizen Science Workshop in fiscal year 2012. The USGS Citizen Science Workshop goals were: To raise awareness of...
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