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Citizen Science For Conservation in Southern California: A Symposium Report

This report summarizes the Symposium on Citizen Science for Conservation in Southern California hosted by the Aquarium of the Pacific and its Marine Conservation Research Institute (MCRI) on Saturday, February 20, 2016.

More than 100 citizen science volunteers and practitioners, educators, students, and others gathered to learn more about conservation-oriented citizen science opportunities in Southern California. Some of the participating organizations included: the Ocean Science Trust, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries, Heal the Bay, University of Southern California (USC) Sea Grant, the California Academy of Sciences, the California State Water Resources Control Board, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.

The Symposium format included lightning round presentations that were conducted by the citizen scientists and organizations that host these programs, as well as panel and special sessions presentations that looked at the broader potential and obstacles for the further development of citizen science programs in the region. It also included a meet-and-greet poster reception and a keynote presentation by Dr. Caren Cooper, assistant director of the Biodiversity Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Last updated November 14 2016