Caren Cooper

Caren Cooper, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University in the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program in Leadership in Public Science, jointly appointed as Assistant Head of the Biodiversity Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. She is author of Citizen Science: How Ordinary People Are Changing the Face of Discovery (The Overlook Press, Dec 2016). Cooper is a blogger with SciStarter, syndicated to Discover Magazine (Citizen Science Salon) and the PLOS Blogging Network (Citizen Sci), and guest blogger at Scientific American. Cooper is founder and moderator of #CitSciChat, a Twitter discussion about citizen science, and @IamCitSci, an account with weekly rotating hosts. Cooper is director of research partnerships for Cooper is an advisor for the Crowd & the Cloud, a public television mini-series about citizen science to air in early 2017.Cooper was involved in the formation of the Citizen Science Association, co-chairs the ethics working group, and led the committee to create a new journal, Citizen Science: Theory and Practice. She is a co-editor-in-chief for the CSA’s journal. She is subject editor for the Journal of Avian Biology. She is co-chair of the CODATA-WDS Task Group on Citizen Science and the Validation, Curation, and Management of Crowdsourced Data. She has two current citizen science projects: Sparrow Swap and Sound Around Town.

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