Session #2

Session #2: How does citizen science engage with communities?

Wednesday July 22nd, 2020

11am-1pm (Pacific)/ 12-2pm (Mountain)/ 1-3pm (Central)/ 2-4pm (Eastern)

This week will feature a selection of readings that reflect some of the diverse uses and forms of Citizen Science. We will read about its uses in environmental justice struggles, conservation efforts, climate change research, and collaborations aimed at integrating indigenous and western environmental knowledge.

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  1. Dhillon, Carla May. “Using Citizen Science in Environmental Justice: Participation and Decision-Making in a Southern California Waste Facility Siting Conflict.” Local Environment, vol. 22, no. 12, Dec. 2017, pp. 1479–1496. 
  2. Maldonado, JK, H Lazrus, B Gough, SK Bennett, K Chief, C Dhillon, L Kruger, J Morisette, S Petrovic, K Whyte. (2017) The Story of Rising Voices: Facilitating Collaboration between Indigenous and Western Ways of Knowing. In Responses to Disasters and Climate Change: Understanding Vulnerability and Fostering Resilience. M. Companion and M. Chaiken, eds. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  3. Ballard, Heidi L., et al. “Youth-Focused Citizen Science: Examining the Role of Environmental Science Learning and Agency for Conservation.” Biological Conservation, vol. 208, Apr. 2017, pp. 65–75. 


Danica Lombardozzi, Project Scientist II, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Dr. Lombardozzi (Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) is a global change ecologist interested in understanding how terrestrial ecosystems are changing in response to human activities and the impact that these changes have on climate. She uses a combination of field observations, laboratory techniques, ecological models, and data synthesis to address these questions across spatial scales and through time. She will discuss some of her recent collaborative work on ozone bioindicator gardens.

Paulette Blanchard, Absentee Shawnee & Kickapoo, Diversity and Inclusion Fellow with University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). Ms. Blanchard is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Geography at the University of Kansas, and 2018-2020 Diversity and Inclusion Fellow with University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Her current work addresses Indigenous science and science education, Indigenous led environmental movements and activism. She incorporates Indigenous Feminist methodologies, ethics, protocols, and philosophies into her geographic framework. Her work includes social, climate, and reproductive justice for Indigenous Peoples and other intersectional and marginalized populations. One of her projects is Listening for the rain: Indigenous perspectives on climate change (2015). She has interests in how and why science education influences Native students to stay or leave academic and science spaces, as well as how mentoring contributes to their success.

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