Shannon Dosemagen: DIY science

Shannon Dosemagen co-founded a non-profit organization that bridges the gap between environmental research and the impacted communities. As the co-founder and CEO of Public Lab, Dosemagen engages with communities and helps design do-it-yourself research tools for grass-roots science. “Science belongs to the public,” Dosemangen said. “We all can do it and we all have a place in it.” Public Lab was founded during the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. During the spill, very few residents had information about the impact on their region. Dosemangen and a group of concerned citizens developed a DIY aerial mapping kit which allowed residents to chart the impact on the places they know and love. Since then Public Lab had expanded around the world and is currently engaging with more than 6000 people through this new type of citizen science.

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