Study Confirms Effectiveness of Cheap, Simple Traps for Citizen Science Project

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By Kaine Korzekwa By asking members of the public to capture and send beetles in for research, scientists at the University of Florida are using “citizen science” to get a better idea of the distribution of invasive beetle species in the southeastern United States. “It’s actually very hard for scientists to do a large-scale project […]

Rookies use Cookies in Science Alliance to Track Ants’ Advance

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In November, 2013 we posted an article about Andrea Lucky, an entomologist at the University of Florida who’s using citizen science to encourage non-scientists to contribute to her research through a project called School of Ants. “We think our School of Ants project serves as a good model for how citizen science can be used […]

Using Citizen Science to Track Insects Across the U.S.

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By Richard Levine Yesterday during the annual meeting of the National Science Writers Association, I sat in on a presentation by University of Florida entomologists Andrea Lucky and Jiri Hulcr about their “Citizen Science” projects. Basically, the idea is to get non-scientists, especially children, involved in collecting and sending insects they find to the university, […]

A Visit to the UFL Entomology Department During the Science Writers Meeting

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By Richard Levine I’m in Gainesville, Florida attending the annual meeting of the National Association of Science Writers, and yesterday got to take a tour of the Entomology Department at the University of Florida, and later that night a reception was held at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity at the Florida Museum of […]

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