Can citizen science save the planet?

The world is changing rapidly around us, and we need to discover innovative ways to protect threatened species, like our cute and curious southern brown bandicoots in the Mount Lofty Ranges.

Bandicoot visiting researcher Jasmin Packer's Hideyhole in the Adelaide Hills

Although we’re predicted to be on the brink of mass extinction, the United Nations’ recently-released Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is hopeful. We can halt the extinction of endangered bandicoots and other species – if we discover how to engage the world in transformational change.

We know that exercise, social connection, and whole-food diets are transformational changes that protect human health. But how do we create such transformational change for humans to also protect our planet?

Combining social-cognition and citizen sciences may hold the key: Can they be a mechanism for transformational change to halt extinction?

Young bandicoots in pouch - courtesy Jasmin Packer

Join us to investigate the potential to adapt insights from health behaviour change to predict and propel behaviour change for bandicoot conservation (think global – act local). 

Your research could combine interviews, focus groups, and social media. Together we’ll begin to discover better ways to transform citizen science into behaviours that have a direct benefit for our endangered bandicoots.

Dr Jasmin Packer


Dr Jasmin Packer

Co-supervisor: Professor Deb Turnbull

Research area: Transformational change for wildlife conservation, Environment Institute

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