Citizen Science

Citizen science is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by non-professional scientists. People just like you have helped look for asteroids, track migrating birds, and analyze fossilized shark teeth. If you enjoy doing science and would like to make important contributions to the scientific community, consider participating in one or more of the exciting citizen science projects described below.


Have your students create and share their own research experiences and discoveries as they follow in the footsteps of the JASON Host Researchers and National Argonauts with our growing library of free Aecern Discovery Apps and citizen science learning activities. Learn more >>
JASON Connection: Climate: Seas of Change
If you monitor one or more field site(s) as part of Climate: Seas of Change "Expedition 1 Field Assignment: Monitoring Changes in Water," consider sharing the data you collect on this site. Just create a free World Water Monitoring Challenge account to upload your water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity readings. You can add photos, videos, and other comments as well. Be sure to view the data map to browse water quality readings from tens of thousands of participants representing more than 50 countries. Learn more >>
JASON Connection: Climate: Seas of Change
Join eBird to record the birds you see, keep track of your bird lists, explore dynamic maps and graphs, share your sightings, and contribute to science and conservation. Every time you raise your binoculars you are collecting valuable information on bird distribution and abundance. From a daily walk in the park, to a guided bird workshop, just about any kind of birding event represents valuable data that you can share with the eBird community. Learn more >>
Every plant tells a story. Whether you have an afternoon or a whole season, you can make an important contribution to a better understanding of changing climates. BudBurst is a national network of people monitoring plants as the seasons change. Project BudBurst data is collected in a consistent manner across the country so that scientists can learn more about the responsiveness of plant species to changes in climate locally, regionally, and nationally. Learn more >>
The SharkFinder™ program is a citizen science collaborative aimed at engaging students and other citizens in real research endeavors. SharkFinder™, true to its name, is aimed at finding fossil elasmobranch (shark, skates and ray) remains from the Atlantic coastal plain of the United States. To date, elasmobranches from many areas of this region have been poorly characterized despite the fact that shark fossils have been a favorite of collectors and paleontologists for more than a century. These fossil remains are of great importance to the sciences of paleontology, evolutionary biology, and paleo-climatology. Learn more >>
JASON Connection: Climate: Seas of Change
Help scientists recover worldwide weather observations made by U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships. Join the Old Weather Project to examine and transcribe historic records from these ships from the mid-1800s to 1950. The data you recover can improve knowledge of past environmental conditions and can provide additional data to be fed into computer climate models. Learn more >>