An Undergraduate Citizen Science Research Experience: Using Technology to Monitor Japanese Beetle Populations Across New York State The Beetle Project .
An Undergraduate Citizen Science Research Experience: Using Technology to Monitor Japanese Beetle Populations Across New York StateThe Beetle Project
Project funded by a USDA—NIFA—Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grant (2011—2014) and a SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG) (2012—2013).
Nikki Shrimpton, Dean, Central New York Center
Linda S. Jones, Assistant Professor/MentorSadie Ross, Director of SustainabilityJeremy Stone, Instructional Technologist
It can take various forms, perhaps most commonly:
Citizen Scientists can collect data that is then analyzed by professional researchers
Citizen Scientists can help analyze the data collected by professional researchers
Japanese beetle life cycle—illustrated by APHIS employee Joel Floyd, www.aphis.usda.gov
The soil from each sample point is searched for Japanese beetle grubs and eggs—Kohen Joiner, ENVS, Summer 2012
Photo of plot 1 taken just before sampling—Jennifer Stalter, ENVS, Fall 2011.
Map of Plot 1—Jennifer Stalter, ENVS, Fall 2011
Students collect data related to climate, soils, and the Japanese beetle life cycle
Students contribute their data to an online science community
Figure accessed at www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/39313.html
Marcell and DeGaetano 2007.