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Alison Parker, PhD is an ORISE fellow hosted by the Innovation Team in the Office of Research and Development at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC. At EPA, Alison is working to promote citizen science, support EPA scientists using citizen science approaches, and explore policy opportunities for integrating citizen science data and information into EPA work. Alison leads the EPA Citizen Science Community of Practice and is active in the Federal Community of Practice for Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science and 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.