Help Robert publish new ideas to save biodiversity!
Organized by: Rob McNamara
My name is Robert and I'm in the homestretch writing my thesis with my plan to save the world at George Washington University. But along with the crunch in finishing my work on environmental monitoring by this May, I'm feeling the crunch on funds to finish my research and feed/shelter myself in the process. The student loans are all but dry, and my measly researcher pay is barely enough to cover the rent here in DC, but there is still work to do because I think I have an idea that can change the way we are tackling climate change and biodiversity loss.
I need help in the final push to finish the research, get it published and help the world look at environmentalism in a whole new light. Below is a snapshot of my work, and what I hope to do with it to change the World! I came to DC hoping to do something bigger than myself, and hopefully make an impact on the world. Over the course of two years I've studied hard, worked to develop new ideas and found what I think is the next step in science innovation for monitoring and tracking climate change and biodiversity loss in the developing countries.
My thesis is on the adoption of citizen science as part of the suite of official tools by the United Nations Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity. Citizen science represents a unique tool for monitoring that is already in use by organizations that support the environmental monitoring, such as BirdLife International and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. However, there remains an opportunity for an expanded role for citizen scientists to fill the gaps in technical science capacity in developing countries. A large portion of environmental degradation is occurring in countries that lack the scientific capacity to measure and monitor the impact. It is unrealistic to believe that trained scientists and technical programs will appear overnight in these regions, or even in the next ten years. But the impact on the environment represent a real threat in the hear and now. Replicating existing citizen science programs in developed countries and executing them in developing countries is a real opportunity to fill these gaps in monitoring. But we need to convince the scientists at the top that this is a real solution, and the only way to do that it seems is through publishing on the subject.
Nationally directed citizen science projects provide a set of unique benefits for environmental governance in comparison to the current co-created and bottom up models of citizen science:
• Decision making, indicator evaluation and policy response is centralized, while data collection and community engagement remain broad.
• Citizen science can quickly fill gaps for developing countries that lack the scientific capability to establish monitoring systems.
• Successful citizen science projects already in use in the U.S. and Europe can be identified, replicated and transferred to other countries.
• Public participants are more clearly integrated into the governance regime by a direct pathway rather than through a diffuse set of organizations that provide informational support to governance actors.
What the money is for:
I'm almost there, but have a few critical hurdles to clear. I want to interview experts in the field at both Colorado State and Cornell Lab of Ornithology but don't have the means to travel to either of their research centers. There's the process of submitting the paper for review, and I hope to do it as soon as possible to avoid loosing steam on the subject as my program ends and I lose the support of being a student at the George Washington University.
Thank you for taking the time to hear me out, It won't take much, but anything helps make this dream a reality!