Community Science – Recruiting, Training & Leading Scientific Dive Teams: Transects, Quadrats, Lift Bags and Science to “Save the Bay”.

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Title: Community Science – Recruiting, Training & Leading Scientific Dive Teams: Transects, Quadrats, Lift Bags and Science to “Save the Bay”.
Author: Carey, RB; Ducey, RV
Abstract: Community science is what results when citizen volunteers undergo training, adhere to protocols and perform service to assist scientists and advance scientific interests and local outcomes. One example of a community science program that has achieved notable recognition is the volunteer scientific dive program run by the Magothy River Association (MRA). Originally formed to assist the oyster restoration research efforts, it has grown to encompass many other areas. The Magothy River is one of the Chesapeake Bay’s many tributaries. The volunteer divers recruited into our program are specially trained and led by certified scuba instructors, professional biologists and scientists, and scientific dive leaders to perform specific scientific diving projects define “community science.” Training, motivating and providing project leadership requires a unique set of resources, management skills and programs, many of which the Magothy River Association has pioneered. We offer our perspective on community science largely by describing the goals, methods and procedures used in our research projects and the training programs we have developed.
Description: American Academy of Underwater Sciences (http://www.aaus.org/)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/9023
Date: 2005

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