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Working with Earthwatch

Partner with us to do science that changes the world

  • Without Earthwatch and the assistance of the many volunteers, we would have never amassed 12 [now 26] years of continuous demographic data on leatherbacks and convinced the Costa Rica government to protect this beach, create this park and reject the development permits for lands adjacent to the park. Dr. Frank Paladino Earthwatch support: 1993-PRESENT
  • I will always be impressed with the amount of high quality data that Earthwatch volunteers have collected with us over the past decades. In the face of continual bad news about increases in extreme weather events, rising sea levels, massive extinctions, and loss of our favorite habitats, it is important to continue the hard work of documenting and protecting the amazing diversity that lives on through the consequences of human impacts. Dr. Lee Dyer Earthwatch support: 1998-PRESENT
  • Much of the data collection required for my research could be considered boring, although it has the saving grace of being situated in a beautiful location - the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. Although I was skeptical that people would actually pay to participate in this research, the experience was rewarding enough for them that I had repeat Volunteers and valuable enough for me to continue my association with Earthwatch teams for 15 years. During this time they helped me and my graduate students count and measure flowers and leaves, record foraging behavior of ants and bumblebees, tag plants, and build nest boxes for bumblebees. The data they helped to collect have helped to generate dissertations and many publications. Dr. David W. Inouye Earthwatch support: 1982-1999
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Funding for science has greatly declined in recent years. Earthwatch supports more long-term field research than almost any other organization.

  • Mean years of Earthwatch project support: 6.96 
  • Mean years of NSF project support: 2.75

We invest in the scientists we support, because we believe they are the leaders who will help find solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems. We have supported some of the most eminent ecologists, biologists, archaeologists, and paleontologists since they were students and post-doctoral researchers, contributing to their development over the years.

By harnessing the power of citizen science, you can maximize the impacts of your research. Changing the way the world addresses tough ecological issues means changing the way people see the role of science in finding solutions. Citizen science engages people and empowers them to support environmental research in and out of the field.

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