Citizen Science

About Us

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Alison Cawood is the Citizen Science Program Coordinator. Here are a few fun facts about Alison! 

  • Her favorite flavor of ice cream is rocky road.
  • Her science hero is Eugenie Clark, who was a shark ecologist. 
  • Her favorite part of working with citizen scientists is watching people make discoveries. 
  • She has one dog, 4 cats, and an ant farm! 

 

 

 

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Cosette Larash is the Public Engagement Program Specialist. Here are a few fun facts about Cosette!

  • Her favorite flavor of ice cream is moose tracks.
  • Her science hero is Sylvia Earle, known for her research and documentaries designed to raise awareness of the threats that overfishing and pollution pose to the world's oceans.
  • Her favorite part of working with citizen scientists is getting the community involved in hands-on scientific research.
  • Cosette enjoys anything involving water including sailing, scuba diving, and paddle boarding. 

 

 

Gabi Yarosh is the Summer/ Fall Citizen Science Intern. Gabi is focusing on transforming and analyzing demographic data from the Chesapeake Bay Parasite Project into a manuscript for publication, discussing citizen science collected data and the factors that may affect percentage missed during sampling and sorting. Here are a few fun facts about Gabi!

  • As a New Englander, her favorite flavor of ice cream hands down Ben and Jerry's Americone Dream. 
  • Gabi has many science heroes but one would be PhD student Dani Rabaiotti. Dani specializes in one of Gabi's favorite animal species, the African Wild Dog, also known as Painted Wolves and is studying the effect of climate change on wildlife.
  • Her favorite part about citizen science is welcoming anyone with a passion for science to participate and learn about research studies and make significant contributions. deep discussions about differing perspectives.
  • "My biggest passion is traveling the world and seeing new wildlife, learning about history, new languages, and engaging with local people." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jen Schlauch is the Fall Citizen Science Inter. Jen is creating educational videos and tutorials to allow students to engage with and be excited by the Orchids in the Classroom citizen science project. Here are a few fun facts about Jen!

  • Her favorite flavor of ice cream is huckleberry. 
  • Her current science hero is Dr. Corrie Moreau, ant biologist and science communicator.
  • Her current science hero is Dr. Corrie Moreau, ant biologist and science communicator.
  • Her favorite part of citizen science is watching someone see something they traditionally thought as scary or ugly as beautiful for the first time.
  • Her favorite hobbies are birding, bugging, and botanizing, and if she could have any animal superpower it would be to see the UV spectrum!