Reading List: Handbook of Citizen Science in Ecology and Conservation

The reading list is an intermittent series of book recommendations from our team. Dr Michalis A. Vasiliades of CYCERE offers the first in this series.

This is the first edition of an academic book from 2020 which provides up-to-date information and guidelines from experienced scientists. It should be of use throughout the whole duration of a citizen science initiative in ecology and conservation. Topics covered range from management (design, implementation, evaluation) to recommendations on decision and policy making. 

Both stakeholders and scientists will benefit from this handbook which will guide them the use of best practice in the creation of a citizen science initiative, which will not only contribute and promote science but also equip participants with knowledge (via considering their motivations, benefits, goals, and constraints) and thus engage a broad audience in citizen science while simultaneously ensuring data quality.


Handbook of Citizen Science in Ecology and Conservation is the first practical and comprehensive manual for creating, implementing, or improving natural science research and monitoring projects that involve collaboration between scientists and the general public. As citizen science projects become increasingly common, project leaders are seeking information on concrete best practice for planning and implementing projects —practices that allow them to guide and gauge success, while also ensuring the collection of high-quality data and rewarding experiences for volunteers. In this handbook, citizen science practitioners from around the world and with decades of experience provide step-by-step instructions, insights, and advice. They explore real-world applications through case studies from a variety of citizen science projects. This is the definitive reference guide for anyone interested in starting or improving a citizen science project with ecological or conservation applications, from professors and graduate students to agency staff and non-governmental organizations.