Technical Report Released - Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Identification Trainings for Volunteers: Results of a National Materials and Practices Inventory Survey
by Jessica Roberts, postdoctoral researcher, HCII
In the fall of 2016 we launched a survey to citizen science water quality trainers throughout the country. We wanted to get a better sense of the state-of-the-field: What do trainings look like? Who are the trainers, and who are the volunteers? What materials and resources do they use?
The primary goal of this survey was to provide information about potential users and their needs as we began the redesign efforts expanding macroinvertebrates.org to the full 150-specimen collection (to be released early in 2019!). In the process, we gained valuable insight about the large community of educators and organizations engaged in this work, which we have consolidated into a technical report.
This report, published through CMU, presents data on six key areas of focus:
You can access the report through the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science at this link.
Special thanks to all the team members who contributed to this project, particularly our partners at Stroud Water Research Center, former postdoc Lauren Allen, and undergraduate research assistants Grace Guo and Aiqi Cui.
An interdisciplinary team