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The Second Annual Citizen Science for Conservation in Southern California Symposium (CSCSCS) will be held on March 4, 2017 at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Anyone involved or interested in citizen science is invited and encouraged to attend this symposium. Attendees will include practitioners who design citizen science programs, volunteers currently participating in these programs, as well as students, educators, and anyone with an interest in becoming a citizen scientist or starting a citizen science program. The audience will represent diverse disciplines in conservation-related fields with varying levels of experience. The most important opportunities at the symposium will be those that allow participants to make connections, share their knowledge and information with others, and learn from experts and fellow citizen scientists.

Mary Ellen Hannibal


Featuring Keynote Speaker, Mary Ellen Hannibal, Bay Area writer, editor, researcher, citizen scientist, and author of “Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction.

Moderated Panel Discussions

Panel 1: How Citizen Science IS Making a Difference (1-2pm)

This panel will provide an overview of local Citizen Science programs, discuss the different types and functions of these programs, their importance, and how citizen science data is being used to make an impact in Southern California academic research, resource monitoring and management, policy, and as a tool for community engagement.


  • Ron Kilgore, KNX radio


  • Lila Higgens, Citizen Science Program Manager, Natural History Museum
  • Michael Quill, LA Waterkeeper and MPA Watch
  • Dr. Darrel Jenerette, UC Riverside Professor, and Urban Forest program
  • Dr. Daniela Soleri, Associate Research Scientist, UC Santa Barbara

Panel 2: Importance of Study Methodology and Quality Data (2-3pm)

This panel will discuss what data QA/QC is, why it is important, what happens when there isn’t robust data QA/QC, and provide examples of breakthroughs that have been made because of citizen science data.


  • Amber Dance, Freelance Science Writer


  • Erick Burres, Citizen Monitoring Coordinator and Senior Environmental Scientist, Clean Water Team - State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)
  • Dr. Karen Martin, Pepperdine University Biology Professor, Executive Director of Grunion Greeters
  • Greg Pauly, Natural History Museum
  • Dr. Juliette Finzi Hart, USGS
Citizen science bioblitz
Archived Event Information

Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 | 8:00 AM–6:00 PM

Cost $20; includes: Aquarium admission, parking, light breakfast and appetizers at the reception. A cash bar will be available at the reception.
RSVP Registration is required: you can register online using the link above, or by calling (562) 590-3100.
Location Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Harbor Terrace (8-9am), Ocean Theater (9am-4pm), Veranda (4-6pm)

Symposium Agenda

  • 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Check In & Light Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
  • 9:10 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Lightning Talks (5 min each)
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch* & Optional BioBlitz
  • 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Moderated Panel Discussions
  • 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Special Session Presentations
  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Poster Reception & Book signing
  • 6:00 p.m. End of Symposium

*Participants are responsible for providing their own lunch. Participants can dine at the Aquarium or visit a nearby restaurant. There is also a picnic area in front of the Aquarium for those who wish to bring their own lunch. A light breakfast and appetizers at the reception will be provided free of change.