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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447029/cornell-alliance-for-science-evaluation-of-consensus-on-genetically-modified-food-safety-weaknesses-in-study-design
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Michael N Antoniou, Claire J Robinson
Cornell Alliance for Science has launched an initiative in which "citizen scientists" are called upon to evaluate studies on health risks of genetically modified (GM) crops and foods. The purpose is to establish whether the consensus on GM food safety claimed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is supported by a review of the scientific literature. The Alliance's citizen scientists are examining more than 12,000 publication abstracts to quantify how far the scientific literature supports the AAAS's statement...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441600/microplastics-in-the-antarctic-marine-system-an-emerging-area-of-research
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Catherine L Waller, Huw J Griffiths, Claire M Waluda, Sally E Thorpe, Iván Loaiza, Bernabé Moreno, Cesar O Pacherres, Kevin A Hughes
It was thought that the Southern Ocean was relatively free of microplastic contamination; however, recent studies and citizen science projects in the Southern Ocean have reported microplastics in deep-sea sediments and surface waters. Here we reviewed available information on microplastics (including macroplastics as a source of microplastics) in the Southern Ocean. We estimated primary microplastic concentrations from personal care products and laundry, and identified potential sources and routes of transmission into the region...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440934/determining-global-distribution-of-microplastics-by-combining-citizen-science-and-in-depth-case-studies
#3
Thijs Bosker, Paul Behrens, Martina G Vijver
Microplastics (<5 mm) are contaminants of emerging global concern. They have received considerable attention in scientific research, resulting in an increased awareness of the issue among politicians and the general public. However, there has been significant variation in sampling and extraction procedures used to quantify microplastics levels. The difference in extraction procedures can especially impact study outcomes, making it difficult, and sometimes impossible, to directly compare results among studies...
May 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428874/population-assessment-using-multivariate-time-series-analysis-a-case-study-of-rockfishes-in-puget-sound
#4
Nick Tolimieri, Elizabeth E Holmes, Gregory D Williams, Robert Pacunski, Dayv Lowry
Estimating a population's growth rate and year-to-year variance is a key component of population viability analysis (PVA). However, standard PVA methods require time series of counts obtained using consistent survey methods over many years. In addition, it can be difficult to separate observation and process variance, which is critical for PVA. Time-series analysis performed with multivariate autoregressive state-space (MARSS) models is a flexible statistical framework that allows one to address many of these limitations...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426284/participatory-genomic-research-ethical-issues-from-the-bottom-up-to-the-top-down
#5
Heide Aungst, Michelle L McGowan, Jennifer R Fishman
Participatory approaches to genomic research manifest along a continuum from bottom-up citizen-science initiatives designed to liberate scientific inquiry from the constraints of traditional research institutional contexts and professional practices to top-down investigator-initiated studies designed to expose the public to scientific research processes and build their support and enthusiasm for genomic research. With foundations as varied as open science, crowdsourcing, patient advocacy, social media, the digitization of health, and the neoliberalization of academic research, a range of ethical frameworks inform the modes of participatory genomic research...
April 19, 2017: Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425189/the-global-ethics-corner-foundations-beliefs-and-the-teaching-of-biomedical-and-scientific-ethics-around-the-world
#6
Henry Jakubowski, Jianping Xie, Arup Kumar Mitra, Ravindra Ghooi, Saman Hosseinkhani, Mohsen Alipour, Behnam Hajipour, George Obiero
The profound advances in the biomolecular sciences over the last decades have enabled similar advances in biomedicine. These advances have increasingly challenged our abilities to deploy them in an equitable and ethically acceptable manner. As such, it has become necessary and important to teach biomedical and scientific ethics to our students who will become the researchers, medical professionals, and global citizens of the future. As advances in the biosciences and medicine are made, developed, and used across the globe, our survival on an endangered planet requires global dialog and consensual action...
April 19, 2017: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411868/high-resolution-stream-water-quality-assessment-in-the-vancouver-british-columbia-region-a-citizen-science-study
#7
Scott M Shupe
Changing land cover and climate regimes modify water quantity and quality in natural stream systems. In regions undergoing rapid change, it is difficult to effectively monitor and quantify these impacts at local to regional scales. In Vancouver, British Columbia, one of the most rapidly urbanizing areas in Canada, 750 measurements were taken from a total of 81 unique sampling sites representing 49 streams located in urban, forest, and agricultural-dominant watersheds at a frequency of up to 12 times per year between 2013 and 2016...
April 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409164/health-related-quality-of-life-in-iranian-elderly-citizens-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Mohammad Farajzadeh, Reza Ghanei Gheshlagh, Kourosh Sayehmiri
BACKGROUND: The ever-growing elderly population of Iran and their physical and mental consequences put emphasis on the necessity of determining the quality of life (QoL) in this social group. This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to estimate the mean score of QoL in Iranian elderly citizens. METHODS: Twenty-one articles that were indexed in Iranian (MagIran and Iran Medex) and international (Scientific Information Database, Google Scholars, Science Direct, PubMed, ProQuest, Scopus) databases were selected...
April 2017: International Journal of Community Based Nursing and Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406155/rapid-population-decline-in-migratory-shorebirds-relying-on-yellow-sea-tidal-mudflats-as-stopover-sites
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Colin E Studds, Bruce E Kendall, Nicholas J Murray, Howard B Wilson, Danny I Rogers, Robert S Clemens, Ken Gosbell, Chris J Hassell, Rosalind Jessop, David S Melville, David A Milton, Clive D T Minton, Hugh P Possingham, Adrian C Riegen, Phil Straw, Eric J Woehler, Richard A Fuller
Migratory animals are threatened by human-induced global change. However, little is known about how stopover habitat, essential for refuelling during migration, affects the population dynamics of migratory species. Using 20 years of continent-wide citizen science data, we assess population trends of ten shorebird taxa that refuel on Yellow Sea tidal mudflats, a threatened ecosystem that has shrunk by >65% in recent decades. Seven of the taxa declined at rates of up to 8% per year. Taxa with the greatest reliance on the Yellow Sea as a stopover site showed the greatest declines, whereas those that stop primarily in other regions had slowly declining or stable populations...
April 13, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402726/detection-and-reporting-of-ranavirus-in-amphibians-evaluation-of-the-roles-of-the-world-organisation-for-animal-health-and-the-published-literature
#10
Yvonne Black, Anna Meredith, Stephen J Price
Pathogens of wildlife can have direct impacts on human and livestock health as well as on biodiversity, as causative factors in population declines and extinctions. The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) seeks to facilitate rapid sharing of information about animal diseases to enable up-to-date risk assessments of translocations of animals and animal products. The OIE also produces manuals of recommended methods to standardize diagnostic testing. Ranaviruses are important amphibian pathogens that may have spread through international trade, and infections became notifiable to OIE in 2009...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389127/participatory-quantitative-health-impact-assessment-of-urban-and-transport-planning-in-cities-a-review-and-research-needs
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Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen, Haneen Khreis, Ersilia Verlinghieri, Natalie Mueller, David Rojas-Rueda
INTRODUCTION: Urban and transport planning have large impacts on public health, but these are generally not explicitly considered and/or quantified, partly because there are no comprehensive models, methods and tools readily available. Air pollution, noise, temperature, green space, motor vehicle crashes and physical activity are important pathways linking urban and transport planning and public health. For policy decision-making, it is important to understand and be able to quantify the full-chain from source through pathways to health effects and impacts to substantiate and effectively target actions...
June 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382376/climate-effects-on-late-season-flight-times-of-massachusetts-butterflies
#12
L Zipf, E H Williams, R B Primack, S Stichter
Although the responses of living organisms to climate change are being widely investigated, little attention has been given to such effects late in the growing season. We studied the late-season flight times of 20 species of butterflies in a geographically limited region, the state of Massachusetts in the USA, by examining change in dates of flight over a 22-year period and in response to average monthly temperature and precipitation. By analyzing the last 10% of each year's observations reported by observers of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club, we found that seven species remain in flight significantly later into the fall than they did two decades earlier, while two species show reduced late-season flight...
April 5, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381617/winter-range-expansion-of-a-hummingbird-is-associated-with-urbanization-and-supplementary-feeding
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Emma I Greig, Eric M Wood, David N Bonter
Anthropogenic changes to the landscape and climate cause novel ecological and evolutionary pressures, leading to potentially dramatic changes in the distribution of biodiversity. Warm winter temperatures can shift species' distributions to regions that were previously uninhabitable. Further, urbanization and supplementary feeding may facilitate range expansions and potentially reduce migration tendency. Here we explore how these factors interact to cause non-uniform effects across a species's range. Using 17 years of data from the citizen science programme Project FeederWatch, we examined the relationships between urbanization, winter temperatures and the availability of supplementary food (i...
April 12, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370800/forest-management-could-counteract-distribution-retractions-forced-by-climate-change
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Louise Mair, Philip J Harrison, Minna Räty, Lars Bärring, Gustav Strandberg, Tord Snäll
Climate change is expected to drive the distribution retraction of northern species. However, particularly in regions with a history of intensive exploitation, changes in habitat management could facilitate distribution expansions counter to expectations under climate change. Here, we test the potential for future forest management to facilitate the southwards expansion of an old-forest species from the boreal region into the boreo-nemoral region, contrary to expectations under climate change. We used an ensemble of species distribution models based on citizen science data to project the response of Phellinus ferrugineofuscus, a red-listed old-growth indicator, wood-decaying fungus, to six forest management and climate change scenarios...
March 28, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369775/integrating-count-and-detection-nondetection-data-to-model-population-dynamics
#15
Elise F Zipkin, Sam Rossman, Charles B Yackulic, J David Wiens, James T Thorson, Raymond J Davis, Evan H Campbell Grant
As the spatial and temporal scale of ecological research expands, there is increasing need for methods that integrate multiple data types into a single analytical framework. Current work on this topic primarily focuses on combining capture-recapture data from marked individuals with other data types into integrated population models. Yet, studies of species distributions and trends often rely on data from unmarked individuals across broad scales where local abundance and environmental variables may vary. We present a modeling framework for integrating detection-nondetection and count data into a single analysis to estimate population dynamics, abundance, and individual detection probabilities during sampling...
March 29, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369087/the-diversity-and-evolution-of-ecological-and-environmental-citizen-science
#16
Michael J O Pocock, John C Tweddle, Joanna Savage, Lucy D Robinson, Helen E Roy
Citizen science-the involvement of volunteers in data collection, analysis and interpretation-simultaneously supports research and public engagement with science, and its profile is rapidly rising. Citizen science represents a diverse range of approaches, but until now this diversity has not been quantitatively explored. We conducted a systematic internet search and discovered 509 environmental and ecological citizen science projects. We scored each project for 32 attributes based on publicly obtainable information and used multiple factor analysis to summarise this variation to assess citizen science approaches...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336804/beyond-privacy-and-exposure-ethical-issues-within-citizen-facing-analytics
#17
Peter Grindrod
We discuss the governing forces for analytics, especially concerning citizens' behaviours and their transactions, that depend on which of three spheres of operation an institution is in (corporate, public sector/government and academic). We argue that aspirations and missions also differ by sphere even as digital spaces have drawn these spheres ever closer together. We propose that citizens' expectations and implicit permissions for any exploitation of their data require the perception of a fair balance of benefits, which should be transparent (accessible to citizens) and justifiable...
December 28, 2016: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336798/data-science-ethics-in-government
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Cat Drew
Data science can offer huge opportunities for government. With the ability to process larger and more complex datasets than ever before, it can provide better insights for policymakers and make services more tailored and efficient. As with all new technologies, there is a risk that we do not take up its opportunities and miss out on its enormous potential. We want people to feel confident to innovate with data. So, over the past 18 months, the Government Data Science Partnership has taken an open, evidence-based and user-centred approach to creating an ethical framework...
December 28, 2016: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328937/efficient-occupancy-model-fitting-for-extensive-citizen-science-data
#19
Emily B Dennis, Byron J T Morgan, Stephen N Freeman, Martin S Ridout, Tom M Brereton, Richard Fox, Gary D Powney, David B Roy
Appropriate large-scale citizen-science data present important new opportunities for biodiversity modelling, due in part to the wide spatial coverage of information. Recently proposed occupancy modelling approaches naturally incorporate random effects in order to account for annual variation in the composition of sites surveyed. In turn this leads to Bayesian analysis and model fitting, which are typically extremely time consuming. Motivated by presence-only records of occurrence from the UK Butterflies for the New Millennium data base, we present an alternative approach, in which site variation is described in a standard way through logistic regression on relevant environmental covariates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318695/monitoring-water-quality-in-toronto-s-urban-stormwater-ponds-assessing-participation-rates-and-data-quality-of-water-sampling-by-citizen-scientists-in-the-freshwater-watch
#20
Andrew B Scott, Paul C Frost
From 2013 to 2015, citizen scientist volunteers in Toronto, Canada were trained to collect and analyze water quality in urban stormwater ponds. This volunteer sampling was part of the research program, FreshWater Watch (FWW), which aimed to standardize urban water sampling efforts from around the globe. We held training sessions for new volunteers twice yearly and trained a total of 111 volunteers. Over the course of project, ~30% of volunteers participated by collecting water quality data after the training session with 124 individual sampling events at 29 unique locations in Toronto, Canada...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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