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

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

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.

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

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 […]