Citizen Science GIS

Why Public Scholarship Matters More Now Than...

Please share with #citizensciencegis and #publicscholars Why do you do what you do? That’s a hard question, much harder than the question: what do you do? The question of why drives my work as a public scholar. On my academic journey - from a bright-eyed...

Mar 7, 2019
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Video of Esri Oceans Plenary Keynote by...

We are pleased to share the 40 minute video of Dr. Hawthorne's recent Esri Oceans Plenary Address “The Power of People in Geospatial Technologies.” Take a journey to Belize and back as our founding director comments on the role of everyday, extraordinary people in geospatial...

Feb 13, 2019
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Citizen Science GIS Teacher Academy Success

The Citizen Science GIS Teacher Academy featuring a focus on maps, apps and drones training for Florida Teachers (5th-8th grades) was successfully hosted in UCF's Research Park on Feb. 2nd, 2019. The teacher workshop was part of the broader impacts of three National Science Foundation...

Feb 5, 2019
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Citizen Science GIS Teacher Academy on February...

The Citizen Science GIS Teacher Academy: An Interactive Workshop for Florida Teachers (5th-8th grades) With an Emphasis on Our Coasts & Community Engagement will be held on Saturday February 2, 2019 from 8:30 am-12:00 pm @ University of Central Florida. Maps, apps, and drones for teachers! Geospatial...

Jan 3, 2019
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Celebrating a Year of Maptastic Gratitude! Happy...

Two words summarize our feelings toward 2018: maptastic gratitude. Yep, you read that right! We have so much gratitude for all of the support and ideas generated by our maptastic community partners, donors, and research students. Science works because of people, and we pledge that...

Dec 20, 2018
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From REU Scholar to REU Staff to...

In 2013 I applied for the first Citizen Science GIS REU in Atlanta, intrigued by the program’s core philosophy of engaging with people to learn about aspects of their communities that might benefit from a little extra attention. I ended up spending the summer of...

Dec 14, 2018
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A Bird’s-Eye View of the Indian River...

OAK HILL, FLORIDA. In 2016, the University of Central Florida’s Citizen Science GIS team led by Dr. Timothy Hawthorne launched its Open Reef Initiative to create high-resolution aerial imagery of vulnerable islands and coastal environments in Belize using relatively affordable, consumer-level drones. Recently, the Coastal...

Nov 28, 2018
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More than Science: Summer Research in Belize

The Second in our New Student Blog Series: Thoughts from the field from our summer undergraduate researchers. Written by Giselle Mahung from University of Belize. Giselle was a student intern with our U.S. team in Hopkins Village this summer. The experience of investigating flooding in...

Nov 19, 2018
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Why We Share (and Should Share More)...

I travel a lot. I’m a geographer, after all. I’m on a plane right now. In the past three weeks, I’ve taken six trips, crossed the country twice by plane, been home for about 3 days total, and left the country once all in the...

Nov 13, 2018
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The Strive Towards Non-Extractivist Research

The First in our New Blog Series: Thoughts from the Field from our NSF REU undergraduate researchers. Written by Sharon Huerta from Beloit College. Working with community is a necessary part of science and research overall; my experience this summer allowed me to speak with...

Nov 12, 2018
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