Alison Parker, PhD is a Senior Program Associate with the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where she works to increase the impact of citizen science and connect citizen science initiatives worldwide. Before joining the team at the Wilson Center, Alison was an ORISE fellow hosted by the Innovation Team in the Office of Research and Development at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC, where she supported EPA scientists using citizen science approaches and explored policy opportunities for integrating citizen science data and information into EPA work. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Citizen Science Association.
Alison received her B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from the George Washington University and PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Toronto. Her ecology research focuses on native bees and pollination biology. From 2011-2014, Alison designed and conducted the citizen science project Spring Beauty and the Bees to document geographic variation in the pollinators visiting a spring wildflower.
The physical tools that generate data or contribute to scientific processes are changing the way that science happens.