Using Photos to Enhance Citizen Science Engagement
Updated: Feb 5, 2022
With the growth of cellular devices with cameras, photography is at the tip of many citizens' hands. Citizen Science can be increased with the use of photos.
Citizen Science is the volunteering of citizens engaging in scientific research science.
Citizen Science is the volunteering of citizens engaging in scientific research. Photos can capture the changing environment within one's location. For example, what if there was a sudden large number of species in your community that are non-native to your area and you take photos of this environmental change; guess what? You have just contributed to providing scientific data on an invasive species in your community. For instance, what if the fall color leaves lasted longer in your community than last season and you have taken photos with the date of this occurrence? Guess what? You have contributed to citizen science!
Photos can also inspire those to appreciate and admire the aesthetics of nature and its beauty. Citizen Science is growing, and it will likely grow more with individuals using their cameras on their phones to capture the scientific changes and aesthetics around them.
Ashley Lacey, MPH, Doctoral Candidate