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Jul 13, 2014
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The Rise of Citizen Science

This is from a recent blog post by Sheldon Wilde Greaves, Founder of Citizen Science League: "Thousands worldwide participate in citizen science projects, from counting backyard birds to searching for extraterrestrial communication. In-person and online, this popular pastime is evolving from hobby to serious science.Uncertain future grant funding, the growing backlog of raw unexamined data, and an emerging scientific philosophy of inclusion trend to a new reliance on these amateur scientists to…See More
Jan 19, 2013
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My Interview with Underwater Photographer Marty Snyderman

Photo Credit: Marty SnydermanMarty Snyderman is the Marine Life Editor and a long time monthly columnist for Dive Training magazine and the Senior Editor of California Diving News. He has been involved in underwater photography for 38 years…See More
Jan 17, 2013
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Interview with Emily Tripp, Owner/Editor of Marine Science Today

Emily Tripp is publisher, editor and owner ofMarine Science Today, an online publication devoted to providing quality scientific information on marine biology and the oceans for the general public. She has degrees from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and was previously Senior Writer for …See More
Nov 28, 2012
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San Diego Sevengill Shark Tracking Website Joins SciStarter.com

SciStarter.com is a website devoted to tracking citizen science projects involving everything from bees to sharks to the Mars landing, or as their website says:SciStarter will bring together the millions of citizen scientists in the world; the thousands of potential projects offered by researchers, organizations, and companies; and the resources, products, and services that enable citizens to pursue and enjoy these…See More
Aug 17, 2012
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AAUS Scientific Diving at California Science Center

July 29, 2012 from 9am to 5pm
at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, CAKelp RestorationSee More
Jul 28, 2012
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PADI Dive Center in Cyprus Sponsoring Shark Fishing Tours

This should really NOT be happening..........PADI DIVE CENTER in Larnaca, Cyprus, killing Sharks by offering Shark-Fishing Tour....No question to boycott such facility, but even more – share this wherever you can and make it publicNireas Marine Research from Cyprus has already started a petition against…See More
Jul 28, 2012
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Interview with 'Shadow Diver' John Chatterton Now Available Online

Photo by Howard EhrenbergJohn Chatterton’s name first came into the public consciousness as one of the main subjects of Robert Kurson’s bestselling book Shadow Divers. Kurson’s book, although non-fiction, reads like a novel: Chatterton and his diving buddies discover an unknown World War II German submarine (later identified as U-869) off the coast of New Jersey, kicking off a…See More
Apr 16, 2012
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Apr 5, 2012
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Cow Shark Workshop V at Seattle Aquarium

April 28, 2012 from 9am to 4pm
For twenty years Seattle Aquarium biologists have been informally monitoring sixgill shark (Hexanchus griseus) sightings by recreational SCUBA divers and fishers in Puget Sound. Since 2003 the aquarium has been conducting formal research studies of sixgill sharks in partnership with NOAA, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.  The aquarium’s sixgill research involves integrated programs using population genetics and visual marker tagging to identify…See More
Apr 5, 2012
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Jul 19, 2011
Michael Bear joined Mike Shanahan's group
Jun 14, 2011
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Jun 14, 2011

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What is your name?
Michael Bear
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Science Diving Columnist for California Diver Magazine
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California Diver Magazine
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http://californiadiver.com/
What aspects of biodiversity are you most interested in?
Biodiversity targets, Education, Endangered species, Oceans
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English and Mandarin Chinese
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I am an AAUS Science Diver with the California Science Center and Science Diving columnist for California and I am working with a Ph.d Candidate in Biology from San Diego State University to do a long-term study of the Sevengill sharks in the San Diego area.

Since we are not equipped to do tagging, we have found what we think is much cheaper way to identify individual sharks: using specially designed pattern recognition software to analyze the black freckling pattern you may have noticed on the front and dorsal sides, to identify individual sharks, much in the same way that has been used to ID individual Whale Sharks (Brad Norman).

See Sevengill Shark Sightings here: [http://sevengillsharksightings.org]

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San Diego's Newesr Non-Profit Teams Up With National Geographic

I am pleased to announce that we have set up an ocean nonprofit group focused on shark related citizen science projects called Ocean Sanctuaries.org.



The first project, uses a pattern recognition algorithm to identify Sevengill sharks, called 'Wildbook' which as been used successfully to identify whale sharks.



The second, and most recent project, is one in which we have been selected by National Geographic to test their newest citizen science tool, called Fieldscope, which… Continue

Posted on July 13, 2014 at 3:59

Citizen Science: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

By Michael Bear

Enter the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where citizen scientists from all over the world (without Ph.Ds or white lab coats) can enter data about their bird sightings and even discover new species.

“Collecting the observations of everyday birders for scientific use is a hallmark of the Lab. Bird watchers of all ages and skill levels help gather the data needed to capture the big picture about the distribution and abundance of birds.…

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Posted on July 13, 2014 at 3:22

The Rise of Citizen Science

This is from a recent blog post by Sheldon Wilde Greaves, Founder of Citizen Science League: 

"Thousands worldwide participate in citizen science projects, from counting backyard birds to searching for extraterrestrial communication. In-person and online, this popular pastime is evolving from hobby to serious science.

Uncertain future grant funding, the growing…

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Posted on January 19, 2013 at 0:14

My Interview with Underwater Photographer Marty Snyderman

Photo Credit: Marty Snyderman

Marty Snyderman is the Marine Life Editor and a long time monthly columnist for Dive Training magazine and the…

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Posted on January 17, 2013 at 7:30

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At 0:45 on June 15, 2011, Richard Wylie said…

Thanks Michael - got a few hours kip which was good but not nearly enough unfortunately - oh well, I can always sleep on the plane to New York!

 

Great to meet you and thanks for the invitation to the Digital Ocean community - looks interesting and I'll go and have an explore of it!

 

Speak to you soon.

Cheers,

Richard

At 19:07 on June 14, 2011, Richard Wylie said…

Hey Michael, great to see you here and have you on board! I had forgotten about my biodiversity account so its great that you prompted me to get back to it!

 

Definitely keen to keep in contact and would be very keen to talk to you about our project and if there was any way to get our message out to more people. I'm meeting Dr Greg Stone next week so I'm hoping he will have a few ideas as well!

 

Thanks again and I'll look forward to speaking soon.

PS I really am going to sleep now - got carried away with writing my presentation for Boston! I've got a meeting in 4 hours - Bugger!!

 
 
 

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