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NASA JPL Summer Interns Share Experiences Using GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper


Check out these latest guest scientists blogs – where two NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Summer Interns share their unique science and research experiences working with the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper (GO MHM).

Jacqueline Castellanos, JPL Summer Intern

Summer Intern Jacqueline Castellanos shared her scientific sleuthing with the GO MHM in her blog, “Examining the Relationship Between Mosquito Abundance and Remote Sensing Data.”

“My summer internship at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory exposed me to all parts of the scientific process. I went on a hike in search of mosquitoes, collected data, and I had the opportunity to teach teachers how to use the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper. In my analysis, I learned how to work with data of varying quality and saw how environmental factors affect mosquito abundance. Most importantly, I learned that data given context and explored in meaningful ways can help us understand the problems we are facing today.” To read the entire guest blog, click here.

Kenan Arica, NASA JPL Summer Intern


Summer Intern Kenan Arica shared his exploratory experience with the GO MHM in his blog, “Can Social Media be Useful in the Analysis of Mosquito Habitat Mapper Data?”

“Mosquitoes are vectors for diseases such as malaria, dengue, Zika, Rift Valley fever, West Nile virus, chikungunya and other diseases. Unfortunately, climate change is expected to make the spread of mosquito-borne diseases worse. This summer, I did some exploratory research to see if we could combine the power of GLOBE citizen science data and social media to learn about where mosquitoes are found.    

This summer I worked with the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper (MHM) data. To ensure we get the highest quality of citizen science data, I cleaned the data set and wrote code to capture nearby tweets to independently confirm GLOBE observations.” To read the entire guest blog, click here.

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News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office