Special Issue "Citizen Science for Biodiversity Conservation: Harnessing the Power of the Public to Address Wicked Conservation Problems"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. John A. Cigliano

Guest Editor
Cedar Crest College, Allentown, USA
Interests: citizen science; marine conservation; ocean acidification and warming; marine microplastics; temperate rocky intertidal; behavioral ecology; conservation education
Dr. Tina Phillips
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Guest Editor
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, USA
Interests: community and citizen science; individual learning; socio-ecological outcomes; evaluation and assessment; ornithology and conservation; equity, diversity, and inclusion
Dr. Elizabeth R. Ellwood
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Guest Editor
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, USA
Interests: community science; conservation; ecology; natural history collections; phenology
Dr. Eva Lewandowski

Guest Editor
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, USA
Interests: citizen science; conservation; pollinators; data quality
Dr. Amanda E. Sorensen
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Guest Editor
Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA
Interests: science communication; participatory science; learning and behavior
Dr. Monica Awasthy

Guest Editor
BirdLife Australia & Griffith University, Sydney, Australia
Interests: citizen science; urban ecology; wildlife biology; birds; conservation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biodiversity is threatened by a wide-range of anthropogenic stressors, from ocean acidification to zoonotic diseases, causing a loss of biodiversity that is affecting the integrity and resilience of ecosystems and the ecosystem services they provide. Many of these threats are wicked problems, that is, they are hard to define and can be highly contextual, often include stakeholders with conflicting positions, exhibit constant change that is often irreversible, and lack clear solutions. Citizen science is uniquely suited to address these issues because it can include multiple stakeholders who bring myriad perspectives and knowledge, foster learning and agency in individuals and communities, work on local to regional and global scales, and provide data in near real-time to inform decision making. 

This Special Issue will provide a forum to highlight how citizen science has, and could, address wicked problems related to biodiversity conservation. We are looking for papers addressing wicked problems through, but not limited to, research (both natural and social science) and management, public policy and governance, capacity-building, education, individual behavior-change, community and civic citizen science and engagement, informed advocacy, and the theory and practice of citizen science as it relates to biodiversity conservation. Theoretical and conceptual papers are welcome. We especially encourage papers that deal with wicked problems at regional, trans-national, or global scales but welcome all relevant papers.

We encourage interested contributors to submit an abstract to by 1 November 2020. If the abstract is approved, the deadline for submission of manuscript to the Special Issue is 15 April 2021.

Dr. John A. Cigliano
Dr. Tina Phillips
Dr. Elizabeth R. Ellwood
Dr. Eva Lewandowski
Dr. Amanda E. Sorensen
Dr. Monica Awasthy
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Diversity is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • Citizen science
  • Wicked problems
  • Public participation in scientific research, biodiversity, conservation
  • Anthropogenic stressors
  • Anthropogenic threats

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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