Working Groups

Working groups serve to advance the goals of the Citizen Science Association. These following committees have articulated concrete proposals, and have been approved by the Board of Directors as formal affiliates of CSA. Additional committees will be convened as priorities are identified. Interested in proposing a new working group? Learn how to propose a new working group and start the process.

Web/Communications Working Group

Darlene Cavalier (co-chair), SciStarter
Jennifer Shirk (co-chair), Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Shannon Dosemagen, Public Laboratory
Claudia Goebel, Museum fur Naturkunde (Berlin) and European Citizen Science Association
Sarah Kirn, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Holly Menninger, North Carolina State University
Sarah Newman, Colorado State University,
Greg Newman, Colorado State University,
Alison Young, California Academy of Sciences

Education Working Group

Sarah Kirn (chair), Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Ryan Collay, Oregon State University
Mary Ford, National Geographic Society
Sandra Henderson, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
Eric Jolly, Science Museum of Minnesota
Nancy Trautmann, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Integrity, Diversity, and Equity

Shannon Dosemagen (co-chair), Public Lab
Tim Vargo (co-chair), Urban Ecology Center
Daniela Soleri (co-chair), UC Santa Barbara
Leslie Allee, Cornell University
Brittany Davis, Allegheny College
Samantha Estoesta, Royal Rhoads University
Kaberi Kar Gupta, CSU Fresno
Louis Liebenberg, Cybertracker
Sarah Newman, Colorado State University,
Raj Pandya, AGU
Angel Pereira, European Commission
Michelle Prysby, Virginia Tech/Virginia Cooperative Extension
Karen Purcell, Cornell University
Mónica Ramirez Andreotta, University of Arizona
Nikita Sheil-Rolle, Young Marine Explorers
Linda Silka, University of Maine
Tom Wakeford, Coventry University

Data and Metadata Working Group

Anne Bowser (co-chair), Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Greg Newman (co-chair),
Luigi Ceccaroni (ECSA liaison), 1000001 Labs
Jaume Piera (ECSA liaison), Spanish National Research Council
Peter Brenton (ACSA liaison), Atlas of Living Australia
Peter Walsh (ACSA liaison), University of Tasmania
Lisa Adams, Kensaw State University
Ann Bessenbacher, Purdue University
Hillary Burgess, COASST/ The University of Washington
Jonathan Brier, University of Maryland
Jessie Cappadonna, ACSA
Darlene Cavalier, Arizona State University
Seth Dresser, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Travis Forrester, eMammal / The Smithsonian
Claudia Gobel, Museum fur Naturkunde Berlin/ ECSA
Christopher Kulleberg, University of Gothenburg
Erica Krimmel, Chicago Academy of Sciences
Yvan Le Bras, IRISA
Pietro Michelucci, Human Computation Institute
Ethan McMahon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (pending permission)
Alison Parker, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Sven Schade, The European Commission
Jennifer Shirk, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
John Starmer, Independent
Richard Stromberg, Independent
Julian Turner, CoCoRaHS/ Colorado State
Grace Troxel, CAISE
Andrea Wiggins, University of Maryland

Professional Development

Mark Chandler, EarthWatch Institute (Co-Chair)
Dana Buchbinder, MEM
Malin Clyde, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension
Caren B. Cooper, North Carolina State University
Meg Domroese, Gathering Waters
Colleen Hitchcock, Brandeis University
Austin Mast, Florida State University
Abe Miller-Rushing, Acadia National Park
Sarah Newman, Colorado State University,
Michelle Prysby, Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation


The objectives of the Ethics Working Group are:

  1. Chart the landscape of ethical issues across the spectrum of citizen science.
  2. Increase the capacity of CSA to provide resources and training in ethics to practitioners and participants.
  3. Develop mechanisms for CSA to support research ethics review.
  4. Raise awareness among the greater research community about unique ethical challenges of citizen science and the need for training in ethics.

Research and Evaluation

Heidi Ballard (co-chair), UC Davis
Tina Phillips (co-chair), Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Cat Stylinski (co-chair), Appalachian Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
membership being established

Conference Working Group


Angel Hjarding (High Chair)
TBA (Workshop Chair)
TBA (Posters Chair)
TBA (Field Trip Chair)
TBA (Communications Team Chair)
TBA (Symposium Chair)


CitSci2017 Working Group

Rhiannon Crain (Chair, and Practitioner’s Chair)
Jeanne Braha (Member at Large)
Ryan Collay (Education Working Group Rep)
Angel Hjarding (Grad Chair)
Ashley Rose Kelly (Academic Co-Chair)
Josep Perelló (Academic Chair)
Roshni Ricchetti (Editorial Chair)
Nikita Shiel-Rolle (IDE Working Group Rep)

Journal Committee (now Editorial Board)

Steering Committee (replaced by the Board of Directors)