Photos by: Sean Richardson
Don’t think a Facebook or Instagram post can make a difference?
Just ask LSU graduate student Ahsennur Soysal.
Soysal’s research as an environmental science student
focuses on “citizen science,” the collaborative collection of data
by citizens to help study the natural world. Soysal’s specific
research focuses on foxes and their behaviors and habits.
By engaging the community through the Facebook page
Fox Finders of Baton Rouge or through the hashtag #findfoxlsu,
Soysal and her research team are able to collect larger amounts
of data on fox sightings in the community.
The idea behind using social media is to get an all-hands-on-
deck approach to researching foxes in the area. Soysal and her
team don’t have to go out and capture the animals to study them, since the community, as social media users, are providing the content for this study.
By doing this, Soysal and her team have discovered a whole ecosystem of foxes right here in Baton Rouge!
Find out more by watching Ahsennur Soysal’s 2017 TEDxLSU talk below.