A book list for citizen science enthusiasts

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Curious about citizen science and want to read more? Excited about trying out citizen science with youth and looking for activities? Deeply involved and want to learn more on specific topics from colleagues?

This book list is a snapshot of great titles from across the field, a good starting point for finding your next read. Titles are organized by category, then by release date. Thanks to CSA Board member Rebecca Jordan for compiling this list.

As an added bonus, the links below take you to details in CSA’s AmazonSmile account, where a small percentage of your purchase gets donated back to the Citizen Science Association – as if you needed a reason to add juuust one more to your cart! (Click here to shop for CSA any day)

And, we’re toying with the idea of hosting a reading club in 2018 – share your thoughts in the comments section. What questions would you love to ask some of these authors?

Popular non-fiction  •  For educators and families  •  Academic  •  More…


Popular non-fiction

Seeing in the Dark : How Amateur Astronomers Are Discovering the Wonders of the Universe
by Timothy Ferris, 2003

The Origin of Science: On the Evolutionary Roots of Science and its Implications for Self-Education and Citizen Science
by Louis Liebenberg, 2013

The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science
by Akiko Busch, 2014

Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World
by Sharman Apt Russell, 2014

Be the Change: Saving the World Through Citizen Science
by Chandra Clarke, 2014

The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science
by Darlene Cavalier and Eric B. Kennedy, eds., 2016

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery
by Caren Cooper, 2016

How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS
by David France, 2016

Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction
by Mary Ellen Hannibal, 2016

Knowledge Games: How Playing Games Can Solve Problems, Create Insight, and Make Change
by Karen Schrier, 2016


For educators or families

Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard
by Loree Griffin Burns and Ellen Harasimowicz, 2012

Citizen Science: 15 Lessons That Bring Biology to Life, 6-12
by Nancy M. Trautmann and Jennifer Fee, 2013

Citizen Science Guide for Families: Taking Part in Real Science
by Greg Landgraf, 2013

Bat Count: A Citizen Science Story
by Anna Forrester and Susan Detwiler, 2017

Moonlight Crab Count
by Dr. Neeti Bathala (Author),‎ Jennifer Keats Curtis (Author),‎ Veronica V. Jones (Illustrator), 2017



Citizen Science: A Study of People, Expertise and Sustainable Development (Environment and Society)
By Alan Irwin, 1995

Citizen Science: Public Participation in Environmental Research
by Janis L. Dickinson and Rick Bonney, eds., 2012

Analyzing the Role of Citizen Science in Modern Research (Advances in Knowledge Acquisition, Transfer, and Management)
By Luigi Ceccaroni and Jaume Piera, eds., 2016

Citizen Science for Coastal and Marine Conservation (Earthscan Oceans)
by John A. Cigliano and Heidi L. Ballard, eds., 2017

Citizen Science in the Digital Age: Rhetoric, Science, and Public Engagement
by James Wynn, 2017



We know there are many we have missed – add your favorites in the comments!

Posted on: December 19, 2017  |  Category: Blog, News