Who We Are

A Community of Practice Built on Collaboration

The Citizen Science Association has been years in the works and relies on the community for its growth. We operate through collaborations and contributions from numerous organizations, as well as the individuals who make up our Board of Directors and Working Groups. We aspire to support a “network of networks” to share knowledge and build connections across this broad field, and are working to build partnerships with many organizations working hard to advance public participation in scientific research.

Schoodic Institute – Organizational Home for the CSA

Schoodic Institute serves as the organizational home for the Citizen Science Association. Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to guiding present and future generations to greater understanding and respect for nature by providing research and learning opportunities through its outstanding Acadia National Park setting, unique coastal Maine facilities, and innovative partnership programs. For more information on the Schoodic Institute, please visit
Citizen Science Association, c/o Schoodic Institute, PO Box 277, Winter Harbor, ME, 04693


Jennifer Shirk,¬†Interim Executive Director – Jennifer aims to broaden and enrich a community of practice for all who lead, manage, implement, and research citizen science projects. Jennifer’s own research explores effective use of citizen science for scientific research and conservation, particularly in complex social-ecological contexts. She has a BA in Conservation Biology from Bard College, and an MS and PhD in Natural Resources from Cornell University.