Citizen scientists participating in Caterpillars Count!, a project developed by Dr. Allen Hurlbert, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, conduct surveys on leaves of trees and shrubs to aid in measuring the seasonal variation (also known as phenology) and abundance of arthropods like caterpillars, beetles, and spiders. With funding from the National Science Foundation, the Center for Public Engagement with Science is working with Dr. Hurlbert to expand this project to new sites throughout the eastern half of the United States. Click here to learn more about Caterpillars Count!
With support from NASA, Dr. Tamlin Pavelsky, Associate Professor of Global Hydrology in the Department of Geology, is teaming up with the Center for Public Engagement with Science to combine his data with citizen scientists to gain a more accurate picture of water storage in lakes across North Carolina. His goal is to create a prototype citizen-science program, enlisting North Carolinians to help collect height measurements on 15 lakes in the eastern part of the state. These measurements will help discern regional water-storage variations and illustrate how water moves through the Earth’s systems. If the prototype succeeds, NASA will fund worldwide implementation. Click here to learn more about the Lake Level Monitoring Project.