Solving Research Problems With Citizen Science

April 8, 2015

In collaboration with the Zooniverse @ UMN project and the University Libraries, the Department of Plant Pathology sponsored a workshop discussing the utilization of citizen science to help solve research problems. During the workshop Lucy Fortson, University of Minnesota - Physics and Project Manager for the Citizen Science Alliance, elaborated on how citizen scientists can be a key part of the data processing pipeline when dealing with complex research data sets or systems. George Weiblen, Professor in the Department of Plant Biology, also discussed how citizen scientists are aiding the Bell Museum of Natural History in their research efforts. Garrett Beier, graduate research assistant in the Department of Plant Pathology, wrapped up the day's discussion speaking of the potential future applications of citizen science being used to assist in screening for American Elm cultivars resistant to Dutch Elm Disease. 

Video courtesy University Libraries.