Established in 2014, EPA’s Citizen Science Program has engaged with over 100 citizen scientists across a range of projects. Our citizen scientists provide EPA and the Victorian community with important scientific information.
Meet Bob Temple, one of our volunteer citizen scientists.
Why did you become a citizen scientist?
I became interested in citizen science when I retired from working as a chemist in both the industrial and environmental science fields.
I have a personal need to share the knowledge I have gained over a long working life and I think I can make a worthwhile contribution by increasing the community's interest in science.
How long have you been involved with EPA's citizen science program?
I have been involved in the EPA's citizen science program for more than two years. My involvement has covered aspects of air and water science.
Which projects have you been involved with?
I am currently involved with the Waterhole Creek study which is attempting to gauge the current health of the creek.
In an earlier study, I took part in a summer assessment of the Latrobe Valley airshed by direct observation of the air quality, particularly by relating it to power station emissions and fuel reduction burning.
I also took part in the community Co-design Panel to improve EPA's air monitoring in the Latrobe Valley.
What do you most enjoy about being a citizen scientist?
I particularly enjoy the opportunity to share knowledge and experience with like-minded members of the community. Regardless of your life stage, we can all play a valuable role in helping to address and solve issues in our communities.
What do you think are the benefits of using citizen science?
With the present dumbing-down of science, particularly in the environmental and climate change area, it's important for EPA and other science based organisations to do what they can to ensure that everybody can be involved.
In a small way, citizen science can play its part in increasing community awareness of environmental problems.