KDLG: Fishermen as scientists? A new app gathers climate observations from fishermen at sea

KDLG: Fishermen as scientists? A new app gathers climate observations from fishermen at sea. “Fishermen have observed changes in ocean ecosystems for years. But, there was no one place to record those observations. This summer, a new mobile app will gather observations from commercial fishermen on the water to bridge the gap between what they see, and what scientists need to know.”

Species Sleuths: Amateur Naturalists Spark a New Wave of Discovery (Yale Environment 360)

Yale Environment 360: Species Sleuths: Amateur Naturalists Spark a New Wave of Discovery. “Through close study of niche areas, some of these so-called amateurs amass decades of expertise rivaling or exceeding that of traditional taxonomic experts. Others are more typical collectors who dabble in discovery, with the help of online information and collaboration. Either way, in a poorly-funded academic field in the throes of a long-recognized workforce crisis, career scientists are increasingly welcoming to these enthusiastic volunteers.”