Looking for sources about effects of participation in citizen science

Hello all! I’m writing a research paper for a class, and I’m focusing on the effects that participation in citizen science projects can have on peoples’ view of nature and the environment. Has anyone run across any good articles or journals that I could look to for sources? So far I’ve found a few good excerpts from books, as well as the Citizen Science Theory and Practice journal, but I figured I would ask here to see if anyone else has any tips or cool sources that they’ve found.
Thanks in advance!


I remember the article from this post, but you way found more searching through old posts, usually articles are posted as separate theme.

  1. Piper, Alana. “Digital Crowdsourcing and Public Understandings of the Past: Citizen Historians Meet Criminal Characters.” History Australia 0, no. 0 (August 14, 2020): 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/14490854.2020.1796500.
  2. Herodotou, Christothea, Maria Aristeidou, Grant Miller, Heidi Ballard, and Lucy Robinson. “What Do 1. We Know about Young Volunteers? An Exploratory Study of Participation in Zooniverse.” Citizen Science: Theory and Practice 5, no. 1 (January 13, 2020). http://oro.open.ac.uk/69002/.
  3. Aristeidou, Maria, and Christothea Herodotou. “Online Citizen Science: A Systematic Review of Effects on Learning and Scientific Literacy.” Citizen Science: Theory and Practice 5, no. 1 (2020): 1–12.
  4. Tyson, Anya. “NOLS and Nutcrackers: The Motivations, Barriers, and Benefits Experienced by Outdoor Adventure Educators in the Context of a Citizen Science Project.” Citizen Science: Theory and Practice 4, no. 1 (June 13, 2019): 20. https://doi.org/10.5334/cstp.127.
  5. Locritani, M., S. Merlino, and M. Abbate. “Assessing the Citizen Science Approach as Tool to Increase Awareness on the Marine Litter Problem.” Marine Pollution Bulletin 140 (March 1, 2019): 320–29. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.01.023.
  6. Kermish-Allen, Ruth, Karen Peterman, and Christine Bevc. “The Utility of Citizen Science Projects in K-5 Schools: Measures of Community Engagement and Student Impacts.” Cultural Studies of Science Education 14, no. 3 (September 1, 2019): 627–41. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11422-017-9830-4.
  7. Bonney, Rick, Tina B. Phillips, Heidi L. Ballard, and Jody W. Enck. “Can Citizen Science Enhance Public Understanding of Science?” Public Understanding of Science 25, no. 1 (January 1, 2016): 2–16. https://doi.org/10.1177/0963662515607406.
  8. McKinley, Duncan C., Abe J. Miller-Rushing, Heidi L. Ballard, Rick Bonney, Hutch Brown, Susan C. Cook-Patton, Daniel M. Evans, et al. “Citizen Science Can Improve Conservation Science, Natural Resource Management, and Environmental Protection.” Biological Conservation, The role of citizen science in biological conservation, 208 (April 1, 2017): 15–28. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.05.015.
  9. Mitchell, Nicola, Maggie Triska, Andrea Liberatore, Linden Ashcroft, Richard Weatherill, and Nancy Longnecker. “Benefits and Challenges of Incorporating Citizen Science into University Education.” PloS One 12, no. 11 (2017): e0186285.
  10. Kern, Anne L., Gillian H. Roehrig, Devarati Bhattacharya, Jeremy Y. Wang, Frank A. Finley, Bree J. Reynolds, and Younkyeong Nam. “Drawing on Place and Culture for Climate Change Education in Native Communities.” In EcoJustice, Citizen Science and Youth Activism, 121–38. Environmental Discourses in Science Education. Springer, Cham, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-11608-2_8.
  11. Bonney, Rick, Caren B. Cooper, Janis Dickinson, Steve Kelling, Tina Phillips, Kenneth V. Rosenberg, and Jennifer Shirk. “Citizen Science: A Developing Tool for Expanding Science Knowledge and Scientific Literacy.” BioScience 59, no. 11 (December 1, 2009): 977–84. https://doi.org/10.1525/bio.2009.59.11.9.
  12. Brosnan, Tess, Sebastian Filep, and Jenny Rock. “Exploring Synergies: Hopeful Tourism and Citizen Science.” Annals of Tourism Research 53 (July 2015): 96–98. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2015.05.002.
  13. Brossard, Dominique, Bruce Lewenstein, and Rick Bonney. “Scientific Knowledge and Attitude Change: The Impact of a Citizen Science Project.” International Journal of Science Education 27, no. 9 (January 1, 2005): 1099–1121. https://doi.org/10.1080/09500690500069483.
  14. Conrad, Cathy C., and Krista G. Hilchey. “A Review of Citizen Science and Community-Based Environmental Monitoring: Issues and Opportunities.” Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 176, no. 1 (May 1, 2011): 273–91. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10661-010-1582-5.
  15. Cox, Joe, Eun Young Oh, Brooke Simmons, Chris Lintott, Karen Masters, Anita Greenhill, Gary Graham, and Kate Holmes. “Defining and Measuring Success in Online Citizen Science: A Case Study of Zooniverse Projects.” Computing in Science Engineering 17, no. 4 (July 2015): 28–41. https://doi.org/10.1109/MCSE.2015.65.
  16. Evans, Celia, Eleanor Abrams, Robert Reitsma, Karin Roux, Laura Salmonsen, and Peter P. Marra. “The Neighborhood Nestwatch Program: Participant Outcomes of a Citizen-Science Ecological Research Project.” Conservation Biology 19, no. 3 (2005): 589–94. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2005.00s01.x.
  17. Prather, Edward E., Sébastien Cormier, Colin S. Wallace, Chris Lintott, M. Jordan Raddick, and Arfon Smith. “Measuring the Conceptual Understandings of Citizen Scientists Participating in Zooniverse Projects: A First Approach.” Astronomy Education Review 12, no. 1 (December 2013): 1–14. https://doi.org/10.3847/AER2013002.
  18. Toomey, Anne H., and Margret C. Domroese. “Can Citizen Science Lead to Positive Conservation Attitudes and Behaviors?” Human Ecology Review 20, no. 1 (2013): 50–62.

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Lets work together ??

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