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Citizens as scientists: what influences public contributions to marine research?


Martin, V and Smith, L and Bowling, A and Christidis, L and Lloyd, D and Pecl, G, Citizens as scientists: what influences public contributions to marine research?, Science Communication, 38, (4) pp. 495-522. ISSN 1075-5470 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1075547016656191


Public participation in science is burgeoning, yet little is known about factors that influence potential volunteers. We present results from a national survey of 1,145 marine users to uncover the drivers and barriers to a sightings based, digital marine citizen science project. Knowledge of marine species is the most significant barrier and driver for participation. Many marine users perceive that they have insufficient knowledge of marine species to contribute to the project, yet they expect to learn more about marine species if they were to participate. Contributing to scientific knowledge is also a strong driver for many marine users to participate.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:citizen science, public participation, science engagement, theory of planned behavior
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental education and extension
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:Pecl, G (Professor Gretta Pecl)
ID Code:112783
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:27
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2016-11-29
Last Modified:2018-11-23
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