Community-Based Science

How can scientists and community members work better together to understand our shared coastal resources?

Stanford Beach Water Quality Monitoring Project

With funding from NSF, I collaborated with Dr. Ali Boehm and Wiley Jenkins (of Stanford's Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering). We not only worked with volunteers to monitor water quality, but we also worked with the volunteers themselves to study their motivations and effectiveness.

  • Learn more about the Stanford Beach Water Quality Monitoring Project here:

  • Jennings, Wiley C., et al. Participatory science for coastal water quality: freshwater plume mapping and volunteer retention in a randomized informational intervention. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts 22.4 (2020): 918-929. (view article)

Wave Knowledge for Coastal Management

A resource's users are often more knowledgeable about the resource than anyone else. Surfers visit the same surf spots frequently and sometimes for years, plus, to surf at all, they need to have developed specialized knowledge about waves. Thus, they are an excellent source of insight into coastal systems. In this paper, I argue that their knowledge is an untapped repository of data for coastal management.

  • Reineman. 2016. The utility of surfers' wave knowledge for coastal management. Marine Policy 67: 139-147. (view article)