Welcome to our ongoing effort to catalog citizen science and other public participation in scientific research (PPSR) projects for UC California Naturalists and other citizen scientists.  We invite you to browse the listed projects or enter key words (like birds, youth, invasive, coast, Alameda, etc.) in the search box above to find projects in your area. It's a great way to stay involved and keep developing your skills as a natural scientist!

A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date. We encourage you to contact projects directly to get involved and learn about most recent opportunities. If you work with a listed project and would like to add to, update, or correct the information we have, please email cghdixon@ucdavis.edu. Also, please consider filling out the "PPSR perspectives" survey. Click here to access the survey, which will help guide this project in the coming year.

If you know of a project not on our list, please go to the "tell us about a project" link on the left so we can list the project here. Thanks for your help!

Special thanks goes to the National Science Foundation Informal Science Education program and the Stephen J. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation for supporting this database of projects.

Bay Area's Most Wanted Spider

  • Organization Name
    Naturalist Center - California Academy of Sciences
  • Partners
    N / A
  • Contact Name
    N / A
  • Contact Email
    wantedspider@calacademy.org.
  • Contact Phone
    (415)379-5494
  • Other Contact Information
    N / A
  • Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

    Obtain baseline data for the distribution and spread of the newly introduced Zoropsis spinimana spiders. Goals include:

    • Documenting the current distribution of Zoropsis spinimana spiders in the Bay Area
    • Mapping the spread of these invasive spiders
    • Allowing the community to experience scientific discovery firsthand.
  • Participant Activities

    Sending a photo or specimen of any potential Zoropsis spiders you discover to project Arachnologists. (Santa Clara County residents: Please send photographs only.) Data sheets and instructions for sending spiders, dead or alive, are on the project website.

  • Data Entry
    • Collection Kits
    • Data Sheets
  • Other Participant Activities

    Participation in other citizen science projects and education activities of the organization.

  • System Studied
    • Invertebrates
  • Geographic Scope
    Regional
  • Region
    Northern California
  • Location
    Bay Area - wherever zoropsis spinimana spiders are found
  • Location - Map
    Naturalist Center California Academy of Sciences 55 Music Concourse Drive San Francisco, CA 94118
  • Time Commitment
    • Other (see Other Information below)
  • Volunteer Qualifications
    N / A
  • Volunteer Training

    Data sheets and basic information available on the website

  • Cost to Participant
    N / A
  • How will the findings be used?

    Data is posted on map and displayed at museum, as well as made available to researchers

  • Other Information
    N / A
  • Photo
    ppsr_most_wanted_spider
  • last update:
    N / A

If you work with this project and would like to add to or update the information below, please email cghdixon@ucdavis.edu.

If you know of a project not on our list, please go to the "tell us about a project" link on the left so we can list the project here. Thanks for your help!

This database is focused on projects in California focused on the environment. For opportunities outside California, as well as national projects that don't have a California-specific components, check http://www.birds.cornell.edu/citscitoolkit/projects.