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Your Environment. Your Health.

Citizen Science

Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH)

March 24, 2015
Citizen Science

This webinar focused on the growing role of citizen science in biomedical research. Presenters discussed the valuable contributions of citizen science to environmental public health and how it complements but differs from community-engaged research. The webinar included presentations on examples of how citizen science is successfully incorporated into research and resources available for conducting citizen science projects.



Linda Silka, Ph.D.

Linda Silka, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at the University of Maine’s George Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions and previously directed U. Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center. Beforehand, she directed the Center for Family, Work, and Community at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell, where she was a University Professor in the Department of Regional Economic and Social Development and served as the Special Assistant to the Provost for Community Outreach and Partnerships. Linda has several decades of experience in leading community-university research partnerships on environmental, economic development, and environmental health issues with funding from foundations and federal agencies, including EPA, NIEHS, Housing and Urban Development, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Education. She is the author or co-author of four books and many peer-reviewed journal articles and publications on partnership research.

Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta, Ph.D.

Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include environmental contamination and soil/food quality and phytotechnologies to improve soil and air quality. In parallel, she is building citizen science programs to increase public participation in environmental health research, developing tools that can provide more robust exposure estimates, and designing effective risk communication and report-back strategies that will improve environmental health literacy.

Ronald Williams

Ronald Williams is an Air Climate and Energy Task Leader with the U.S. EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory. He is a recognized expert in the area of human exposure monitoring and has been responsible for designing, executing, and summarizing some of EPA’s largest human observational panel studies. His current research focuses on evaluating air quality sensors and development of novel monitoring systems for community-based research.


Ramirez-Andreotta MD, Brusseau ML, Artiola J, Maier RM, Gandolfi AJ. Building a co-created citizen science program with gardeners neighboring a Superfund site: the Gardenroots case study. Int Public Health J. 2015;7(1). [Full Text]

Ramirez-Andreotta MD, Brusseau ML, Artiola JF, Maier RM, Gandolfi AJ. Environmental research translation: enhancing interactions with communities at contaminated sites. Sci Total Environ. 2014;497-498:651-664. [Abstract]

Silka L. “Silos” in the democratization of science. DEMESCI – International Journal of Deliberative Mechanisms in Science. 2013;2(1):1-14. [Full Text]

For More Information

Citizen Science Association
A membership organization that supports the new field of citizen science.

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
Established in 1997, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes health equity and social justice through partnerships between communities and academic institutions.

Community Tool Box
The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change.

EPA’s Air Sensor Toolbox for Citizen Scientists
The Toolbox provides information and guidance on new low-cost compact technologies for measuring air quality. Since citizens are interested in learning more about local air quality where they live, work, and play, EPA scientists are collaborating with other federal, state, and non-governmental institutions to encourage the development of new sensor and app technologies for measuring air quality. In addition to the Toolbox, check out the presentations (videos and slides) from EPA's Community Air Monitoring Training, held on July 9, 2015.

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