Wilson Center Experts

Elizabeth Tyson

New Projects Manager/Researcher, Science and Technology Innovation Program
Science and Technology Innovation Program

Contact Information:
T 202/691-4319 // F 202/691-4001
Expertise:
Environment
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Biodiversity
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Forests
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Food and Agriculture
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International Development
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Science and Technology
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Crowdsourcing
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Mexico

Elizabeth is a New Projects Manager/Researcher in the Science and Technology Innovation Program. She co-directs the Commons Lab and scouts and maintains new collaborations and conducts original research exploring the uses of citizen science in industralizing nations. Currently she is coordinating Washington, D.C's first ever Science Hack Day.  Elizabeth reviews and edits publications on citizen science and crowdsourcing including Citizen Science and Policy: A European Perspective and a Typology of Citizen Science from an Intellectual Property Perspective.  

She is passionate about environmental conservation and captivated by the promise of citizen science, design and technology as a tool for furthering civic participation, public understanding of science and diverse stakeholder collaboration and cooperation.  

Elizabeth has a dual-degree M.S. in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University and El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Chiapas, Mexico, and a B.A. in Religious Studies and Environmental Studies from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. Her thesis work concentrated on the application of a mobile system (Open Data Kit) for community based natural resource monitoring on coffee farms buffering El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve in the Sierra Madre, Chiapas. This work was carried out with the support of Google.org and local Mexican NGO's. More information on this research can be found here

Other research interests include: ICT4D, Environment, Human-Centered Design, User Experience, Community Based Natural Resrouce Management, Geographic Information Systems, Ecology, Big Data Visualization, Adventuring. 

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