Nelson Series: Citizen Science– Caren Cooper, NC Museum of Natural Sciences

October 3, 2017 Add to Calendar

7–8:30 p.m.


Shanahan Center, Auditorium
320 E. Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711


Citizen science movements challenge the world to consider radical, new relationships among scientists and engineers and nonexperts. Rather than casting members of the public as passive recipients of scientific and technological information, speakers of the 2017 Nelson Series will offer models for engagement and collaboration designed to promote meaningful public participation in science.

Caren Cooper is an ecologist with broad interest in conservation and natural resource management, particularly related to public stewardship of residential areas, the influence of lightscapes and soundscapes on birds, and the use of birds as bioindicators of environmental contaminants. She leads the development of software for the analysis of incubation behavior (Rhythm) and carries out studies in the field and lab. She seeks out research questions that are best solved through public engagement and collaborates with social scientists to better understand and refine citizen science methods to harness the potential of citizen science to create both scientific and social impacts.

You can find Cooper’s blog posts at Discover, PLOS, and Scientific American.

Admission to this public lecture series is complimentary. Unless otherwise specified, events are held in the auditorium of the R. Michael Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvey Mudd College located at 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. A dessert reception follows each lecture.

Inquiries may be directed to, or call the Office of Stewardship and Events at 909.607.0943.