studies in Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation (M.Sc.) in Greifswald
Master of Environment in Education for Sustainability in Brisbane
since 2016 doctoral candidate at Kiel Science Outreach Campus
Communicating agrobiodiversity through citizen science
Currently biological diversity in agricultural landscapes (agrobiodiversity) is rapidly declining. Therefore, it is crucial for the public to gain an understanding of the importance of agrobiodiversity. However, so far agrobiodiversity has hardly been present in science communication. This project aims to develop a citizen science project able to make agrobiodiversity research tangible and thereby convey an understanding of the complexity and importance of agrobiodiversity. The main focus of the investigation is the impact a citizen science project in the field of (agro-) biodiversity has on the participants. The second focus is on the characteristics a citizen science project requires to effectively communicate (agro-) biodiversity.
The research project consists of three stages. Stage I: Investigation of the theory of citizen science. This part comprises a systematic review of the literature on citizen science in biodiversity. Stage II: Investigation of citizen science in practice. Biodiversity-related citizen science projects will be examined through qualitative and quantitative methods. In Stage III the results of the previous stages will be synthesized into a conceptualization of a citizen science project in agrobiodiversity research. The systematic literature review
was conducted in 2017.