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TerreWEB Seminar: Michelle Jackson

October 7, 2014

Michelle Jackson

“Citizen Science: Past, Present, and Future”

 Thursday, October 9th,

 3:30pm – 4:30pm (5:00pm for TW scholars)

 Room MCML 258

 Everyone welcome!


We hear a lot about citizen science these days. It has almost become a buzzword, as there is increasing recognition of the need to educate the public about science, and as new technologies become more advanced and allow for public participation in science in new ways. However, citizen science is not a new phenomenon. This seminar will explore the history of public participation in science, a case study in which citizen science is being used to monitor Vancouver Island White-tailed Ptarmigan distributions, and the future of citizen science as more advanced technologies blur the boundaries between science and everyday life.


Michelle Jackson is a post-doctoral fellow with a joint appointment with TerreWEB and Forest & Conservation Sciences at UBC. Her research spans the fields of landscape ecology, community ecology, and conservation biology. She completed her PhD at the University of Wisconsin, where she examined the influence of logging and climate variability on native forest herb performance in the Southern Appalachians. Now, she is working with Dr.’s Kathy Martin and Sarah Gergel to understand how climate change is affecting alpine ecosystems using White-tailed Ptarmigan as an indicator alpine-specialist species. She is especially interested in citizen science as a tool to collect data in hard-to-access places along with educating and involving the public in conservation. Most of her work these days involves computer modeling using R and ArcGIS, but she relishes time in the alpine and the forests of British Columbia.

The Fall Seminar Series Schedule can be found here.

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