Abess Center Director and Exploration Science faculty member Dr. Kenny Broad ventured into a submerged overhead environment (a cave) with Barrington Irving on the island nation of Palau. This involved a cave dive that gave Barrington a taste of this unique form of scuba diving and what it is like to descend into an underwater cave. Barrington highlighted some of the risks involved with working in this type of overhead environment.
Students taking Exploration Science’s Citizen and Participatory Science course were recently treated to a wonderful overview of citizen science from Chandra Clarke. Chandra is the author of Be The Change – Saving the World with Citizen Science and also the founder of the website Citizen Science Center found at www.citizensciencecenter.com Chandra has spent considerable time curating and thinking about how this approach to science is evolving and how it can be effective. Her book outlines many different projects and gives a general outline of how and why citizen science works. Her background includes a Master’s degree in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota as a result of her interest in space exploration. She also has given a talk about citizen science at a TEDx event at Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada.
You can hear Chandra’s overview of citizen science given to the class via Soundcloud.