Citizen science surveys compare well with traditional scientific
methods when it comes to monitoring species biodiversity – according to
new research from the University of East Anglia. Research published in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution shows
that methods to record marine diversity used by amateurs returned
results consistent with techniques favoured by peer-reviewed science.
findings give weight to the growing phenomenon of citizen science,
which sees data crowd-sourced from an army of avid twitchers, divers,
walkers and other wildlife enthusiasts.