Anne Bowser is a Program Associate with the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP). She co-directs the Commons Lab, a research project focused on mobilizing public participation and innovation in science, technology, and policy. Anne also supports the Wilson Center’s initiative on serious games.  

As a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, her research focuses on understanding how technology can contribute to or mitigate important cross-cutting issues in citizen science. Her dissertation takes a cooperative research through design approach to designing Floracaching, a geocaching game for biodiversity data collection created to mobilize participation in university communities. Anne is also a principle investigator on an NSF-funded project to study location privacy in citizen science. Finally, she supports the international practice of citizen science as the co-founder of a data and metadata working group of the Citizen Science Association.

In addition to her own research, Anne contributes to a number of collaborative Wilson Center projects. She manages the development of The Commons Lab Inventory, a collection of federally supported citizen science and crowdsourcing projects. She supported Washington's first ever Science Hack Day, and has edited a number of Wilson Center reports including  Citizen Science and Policy: A European Perspective, and Typology of Citizen Science from an Intellectual Property Perspective.   

Anne is always searching for new collaborators to investigate important research topics including technology design, ethics, and games.