study about digital citizen science frog monitoring program

Participate in study about Digital Citizen Science

Would you like to share your insights about monitoring the environment using digital technologies such as smartphones?

You can now contribute to a research project at the University of Melbourne that studies participants’ experiences and practices in biodiversity monitoring with digital technologies. The research team seeks participants over 18 years old who are involved in one of the following biodiversity monitoring platforms:

  • Melbourne Water’s Frog Census;
  • Birdlife Australia’s My BeachBird Portal AND Birdata.
  • Your participation in the research project will help better design citizen science programs, improving production of knowledge, connection with nature and social interactions.

    This study involves two parts. First, you will have an interview with a researcher, that will take close to 60 minutes. The interview can be done via the phone or a computer (using Zoom or similar video chat technologies). The time of the interview will be coordinated with the researcher, with the objective of finding what is more convenient for you (as a study participant). The researcher will audio-record the interview.

    At a later stage, as long as social distancing measures permit monitoring activities in groups, you may allow the researcher to come along with you in one of your expeditions to collect biodiversity data (such as frog calls or birds’ surveys). Alternatively, you may be invited to share further insights with the researcher right after you collected data on your own.

    To request further information or participate, please send an email to gonzalezd [at] with the subject line “Digital Citizen Science study” or complete the following form:

    Create your own user feedback survey

    Contact: Debbie Gonzalez Canada, PhD Candidate, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences
    Email: gonzalezd [at]

    This post was originally published on June 1st, 2020, and was last updated on January 28th, 2021.

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