Mrs Lucy Robinson

Mrs Lucy Robinson

Citizen Science Programme Manager

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Angela Marmont Centre
Contact: email

Summary

As Citizen Science Programme Manager I oversee the Museum's citizen science activities. Citizen science is the involvement of volunteers in scientific projects that contribute to expanding our knowledge of the natural world, through the systematic collection, analysis or interpretation of environmental observations. Anyone can take part in our citizen science projects and there are a wide variety to suit any interest, from collecting samples of microorganisms for DNA analysis to reporting stranded whales and dolphins or recording observations of bluebells, orchids, seaweeds or invertebrates. You can find out more about our projects in the Take Part section of the website. My role is to update and promote our existing projects, and to work with our researchers, curators and public engagement staff to develop exciting new projects that support the Museum's scientific research. A key element of the citizen science programme is to support other citizen science practitioners to develop their own projects. To this end we produce knowledge exchange guides and publications to support others in the field of citizen science, and I represent the Museum at national and international citizen science conferences. I am a member of the British Ecological Society Special Interest Group for citizen science, the global Citizen Science Association and the European Citizen Science Association, within which I lead a working group focussed on 'Principles and standards in citizen science: sharing best practice and building capacity' which aims to support practitioners across Europe to develop citizen science programmes.

Qualifications

Degrees

BSc Zoology (hons), University of Bristol, United Kingdom

MSc Biodiversity and Conservation, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Employment history

Non-academic

OPAL Project Officer, Natural History Museum, UK Biodiversity, 2008 - 2013

Assistant Curator of Natural History, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, 2004 - 2006

Highlighted publications

Robinson LD, Tweddle JC, Postles MC, West SE, Sewell J (2013) Guide to running a BioBlitz 2.0. Natural History Museum, Bristol Natural History Consortium, University of York and Marine Biological Association :

Roy HE, Pocock MJO, Preston CD, Roy DB, Savage J, et al (2012) Understanding citizen science and environmental monitoring. : NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Tweddle JC, Robinson LD, Pocock MJ, Roy HE (2012) Guide to citizen science: developing, implementing and evaluating citizen science to study biodiversity and the environment in the UK. Natural History Museum and NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology for UK-EOF :

Grants

Open Air Laboratories Network (OPAL)
Principal investigator: Robinson L, Tweddle J
Funding: Big Lottery Fund
Total value £11,760,783 (to Museum £3,500,000)

Development phase - Identification Trainers for the Future
Principal investigator: Tweddle J
Funding: HLF - Heritage Lottery Funds

Open Air Laboratories Network (OPAL)
Principal investigator: Robinson L, Tweddle J
Funding: Big Lottery Fund
Total value £11,760,783 (to Museum £3,500,000)

Publications

Robinson LD, Tweddle JC (2013) OPAL Community Environment Report: exploring nature together. ISBN: 978-0-9574377-0-8.

Robinson LD, Tweddle JC, Postles MC, West SE, Sewell J (2013) Guide to running a BioBlitz 2.0. Natural History Museum, Bristol Natural History Consortium, University of York and Marine Biological Association :

Robinson L (2012) News Updates from OPAL. National Federation for Biological Recording Newsletter 44, August 2012. null :

Robinson L (2012) Big Nature Day.. Natural History Museum : London.

Robinson L, Urry D (2012) OPAL Grants Scheme 2012 – Successful Applicants. NBN eNews, November 2012. null :

Robinson L, Urry D (2012) OPAL Grants Scheme. NBN eNews, August 2012. null :

Roy HE, Pocock MJO, Preston CD, Roy DB, Savage J, Tweddle JC, Robinson LD (2012) Understanding citizen science and environmental monitoring. : NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Tweddle J, Robinson L (2012) Major review of citizen science leads to new practical guide. NBN eNews, December 2012. null :

Tweddle JC, Robinson LD, Pocock MJ, Roy HE (2012) Guide to citizen science: developing, implementing and evaluating citizen science to study biodiversity and the environment in the UK. Natural History Museum and NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology for UK-EOF :

Introduction

Summary

As Citizen Science Programme Manager I oversee the Museum's citizen science activities. Citizen science is the involvement of volunteers in scientific projects that contribute to expanding our knowledge of the natural world, through the systematic collection, analysis or interpretation of environmental observations. Anyone can take part in our citizen science projects and there are a wide variety to suit any interest, from collecting samples of microorganisms for DNA analysis to reporting stranded whales and dolphins or recording observations of bluebells, orchids, seaweeds or invertebrates. You can find out more about our projects in the Take Part section of the website. My role is to update and promote our existing projects, and to work with our researchers, curators and public engagement staff to develop exciting new projects that support the Museum's scientific research. A key element of the citizen science programme is to support other citizen science practitioners to develop their own projects. To this end we produce knowledge exchange guides and publications to support others in the field of citizen science, and I represent the Museum at national and international citizen science conferences. I am a member of the British Ecological Society Special Interest Group for citizen science, the global Citizen Science Association and the European Citizen Science Association, within which I lead a working group focussed on 'Principles and standards in citizen science: sharing best practice and building capacity' which aims to support practitioners across Europe to develop citizen science programmes.

Qualifications

Degrees

BSc Zoology (hons), University of Bristol, United Kingdom

MSc Biodiversity and Conservation, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Employment history

Non-academic

OPAL Project Officer, Natural History Museum, UK Biodiversity, 2008 - 2013

Assistant Curator of Natural History, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, 2004 - 2006

Highlighted publications

Robinson LD, Tweddle JC, Postles MC, West SE, Sewell J (2013) Guide to running a BioBlitz 2.0. Natural History Museum, Bristol Natural History Consortium, University of York and Marine Biological Association :

Roy HE, Pocock MJO, Preston CD, Roy DB, Savage J, et al (2012) Understanding citizen science and environmental monitoring. : NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Tweddle JC, Robinson LD, Pocock MJ, Roy HE (2012) Guide to citizen science: developing, implementing and evaluating citizen science to study biodiversity and the environment in the UK. Natural History Museum and NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology for UK-EOF :

Projects

Grants

Open Air Laboratories Network (OPAL)
Principal investigator: Robinson L, Tweddle J
Funding: Big Lottery Fund
Total value £11,760,783 (to Museum £3,500,000)

Development phase - Identification Trainers for the Future
Principal investigator: Tweddle J
Funding: HLF - Heritage Lottery Funds

Open Air Laboratories Network (OPAL)
Principal investigator: Robinson L, Tweddle J
Funding: Big Lottery Fund
Total value £11,760,783 (to Museum £3,500,000)

Publications

Publications

Robinson LD, Tweddle JC (2013) OPAL Community Environment Report: exploring nature together. ISBN: 978-0-9574377-0-8.

Robinson LD, Tweddle JC, Postles MC, West SE, Sewell J (2013) Guide to running a BioBlitz 2.0. Natural History Museum, Bristol Natural History Consortium, University of York and Marine Biological Association :

Robinson L (2012) News Updates from OPAL. National Federation for Biological Recording Newsletter 44, August 2012. null :

Robinson L (2012) Big Nature Day.. Natural History Museum : London.

Robinson L, Urry D (2012) OPAL Grants Scheme 2012 – Successful Applicants. NBN eNews, November 2012. null :

Robinson L, Urry D (2012) OPAL Grants Scheme. NBN eNews, August 2012. null :

Roy HE, Pocock MJO, Preston CD, Roy DB, Savage J, Tweddle JC, Robinson LD (2012) Understanding citizen science and environmental monitoring. : NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Tweddle J, Robinson L (2012) Major review of citizen science leads to new practical guide. NBN eNews, December 2012. null :

Tweddle JC, Robinson LD, Pocock MJ, Roy HE (2012) Guide to citizen science: developing, implementing and evaluating citizen science to study biodiversity and the environment in the UK. Natural History Museum and NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology for UK-EOF :