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Fall 2014



Chandra Clarke, Author

Sept. 17, 2014
Noon to 1:15 pm
RSMAS campus, Room SA 114  via Skype

Chandra Clarke is the president of, an award-winning, ISO certified editing and proofreading company founded with her partner and husband Terence Johnson. She has a college diploma in industrial robotics, a BA in English and Psychology, and a MS  in Space Exploration Studies. Her multi-disciplinary background has the prevailing themes of understanding automation, communication, and motivation.

One of the main driving forces in her work is to increase the sum of humanity’s knowledge and understanding of the universe and our place in it.  A result of this and her interest specifically in citizen science, she has created the website Citizen Science Center as a clearinghouse for citizen science projects.  In addition, she has written the book, Be The Change – Saving the World with Citizen Science, giving an overview of citizen science and examples of projects.


Dr. Marie Studer, Director of Learning and Education
Encyclopedia of Life

Sept. 29, 2014
Noon to 1:15 pm
RSMAS campus, Room SA 114  via Skype

Dr. Marie Studer will speak with MAF 579 Citizen Science students via Skype about the Encyclopedia of Life project where she is the Director of Learning and Education.  She will discuss how projects like EOL, can have an impact on informal and formal education as well as being a platform to encourage interest in the natural world.

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Dr. Rhiannon Crane, Director, YardMap Project
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Oct. 22nd, 2014
Noon to 1:15 pm
RSMAS campus, Room SA 114  via Skype

Rhiannon is the project leader of the YardMap Citizen Science project at Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology.  YardMap fully integrates data collection with social networking, rendering it a compelling tool for studying and supporting environmental discourse and behavior.  Rhiannon earned a B.S. in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in Informal Science Education from UC Santa Cruz’s Center for Informal Learning in Science.