To be a Citizen scientist means that you are voluntary contributing to projects/researches in collaboration with professionals, or on your own.
There are numerous projects about all kind of things on land, underwater and in the air.
You can participate in any, just look around and you will find a project that is of your interests nearby.
You do not need to be an experienced scientist to contribute to the projects. If you are more into twitter, you can follow the hashtag ‘#citizenscience’ to see what projects of your interest are there
Being a dive professional and blogger of course the details will be on the underwater projects
However, Our planet consists for 70% out of water and a lot is still unknown about the underwater world. What we do know now is that we should protect our underwater world more!
There are global, regional and even local projects running in which you could contribute that should give better insights in this world.
A good place to start which gives you an overview of a many projects for you to become a citizen scientist in is Scistarter.com
Snippy's Snaps supports and contributes the following Citizen Scientist initiatives
Below you will find a few examples of citizen scientist projects to which we are contributing. There are many other projects for shark observations, Whale Shark, Manta rays that are contributed to, but the below ones are the most actively used projects.
Spot the leoparshark - Thailand: ever went diving in South of Thailand or Australia and you came across this wonderfull animal. They are listed as vulnerable to extinction on the IUCN red list. Started by the university of Queensland in Australia 10 years ago to monitor the leopards there and has been expanded to Thailand in 2013. Check out their website or Facebook
eShark / SharkGuardian's subproject eShark-Thailand
Observations made by ocean explorers (divers, snorkelers, fishers, boaters, beach walkers and stand up paddleboarders) to track trends in shark and ray populations. The scientific papers produced using these data are often used to direct conservation, management and policy initiatives.
The project has 2 subprojects: eShark Thailand and eShark Indonesia.
Find a citizen scientist project of your interest and participate!!