First name: 
Colleen
Surname: 
Brandes
Please select your type of occupation: 
Other
If other, please specify below.: 
Teaching Faculty
Organizational affiliation: 
Brandeis University
How are you performing research on Citizen Science, taking part in Citizen Science activities and/or supporting Citizen Science?: 
My work focuses on citizen science as a tool for engagement at the university level in order to educate student (science and non-science majors) of the role that science can have in their future. I engage in citizen science with students to meet learning goals in active engagement and service learning.
Name of Citizen Science Project: 
City Nature Challenge: Boston Area
Project URL: 
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2018-boston-area
Organization running the project: 
Brandeis University, EOL, Earthwatch, Zoo New England, UMass Boston, NEOSEC, Massachusetts Audubon
Brief description of project: 
The City Nature Challenge: Boston Area aims to increase scientific knowledge by building a diverse community of observers, recorders, and biodiversity identifiers (a.k.a. a community of citizen scientists) that can work together contributing to and accessing information from iNaturalist.org to advance research, education, and civic engagement. Our objectives are: To increase scientific knowledge of the biodiversity and habitats present in the CNC: Boston Area inclusive of terrestrial, aquatic, and marine areas by - adding research grade observations to iNaturalist during the City Nature Challenge. - providing opportunity for all to contribute to, collaborate, and investigate research questions through open science practices. - To engage diverse communities in exploring the Boston Area. - To develop participant expertise by building skills of observation, identification, and submission of and access to data.
Please choose from the following list of tags to describe the content of the project.: 
Biodiversity
Please indicate the approximate geographical scale of the project.: 
Region
Project social media contacts: 
@MACitSci