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iSeahorse

iSeahorse
Image: Courtesy of Project Seahorse/iSeahorse.

Anyone can join iSeahorse—divers, fishermen, scientists, seahorse enthusiasts, or citizen scientists on a beach holiday. Upload photos and observations to iSeahorse to help identify seahorse species and advocate for their protection in different ocean neighborhoods.
 
Scientists from Project Seahorse and seahorse experts around the world will use this information to better understand seahorse behavior, species ranges and the threats seahorses face. The project plans to use this knowledge to improve seahorse conservation worldwide. The project includes an iPhone app in addition to the iSeahorse Website.

Project Details

  • PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Amanda Vincent
  • SCIENTIST AFFILIATION: University of British Columbia’s Fisheries Centre, Canada
  • DATES: Ongoing
  • PROJECT TYPE: Fieldwork
  • COST: Free
  • GRADE LEVEL: All Ages
  • TIME COMMITMENT: Variable
  • HOW TO JOIN:

    Create a profile and connect with other citizen scientists. Share observations and identifications, compare stats, and find out how to make a difference.

See more projects in FreeFieldworkAll Ages.

What Is Citizen Science?

Research often involves teams of scientists collaborating across continents. Now, using the power of the Internet, non-specialists are participating, too. Citizen Science falls into many categories. A pioneering project was SETI@Home, which has harnessed the idle computing time of millions of participants in the search for extraterrestrial life. Citizen scientists also act as volunteer classifiers of heavenly objects, such as in Galaxy Zoo. They make observations of the natural world, as in The Great Sunflower Project. And they even solve puzzles to design proteins, such as FoldIt. We'll add projects regularly—and please tell us about others you like as well.

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