Global Organizations and Resources

This page lists organizations and resources of use to scientists/naturalists, especially amateurs. Organizations and resources listed here have a global or non-regional scope of activity. For organizations/resources that have a local or regional focus, please contribute to the Local Organizations page.

To add a new entry, just add another line onto a list (beginning with an asterisk), add a link, the organization/resource name, and a short (<200) character description. To add a new category, create a new heading ("+ …") and start a new list.

DIY science

  • Instructables: "Instructables is a place that lets you explore, document, and share your creations."-From Instructables "about" page.
  • Public Lab: "Public Lab is a community where you can learn how to investigate environmental concerns."-From Public Lab website. They have designs for sophisticated devices you can build yourself.



  • Has a nice set of articles about how to build one's own microscope cheaply.
  • Microscopy-UK: A great resource for people who care about microscopy, especially novices.
  • Microscopy Resource Center: Olympus' site is quite helpful for improving one's understanding of how different microscopy techniques work.
  • MicroscopyU: Nikon's site is quite helpful for improving one's understanding of how different microscopy techniques work.


Developmental Biology

  • SDB CoRe: "SDB Collaborative Resources (CoRe) is an online reference database of peer-reviewed images, movies, and diagrams for learning and teaching developmental biology from the Society for Developmental Biology."— SDB CoRe website.

Marine biology




  • Encyclopedia of Life: "Global access to knowledge about life on Earth."-From EOL website.
  • iNaturalist: A useful tool for finding out about species and ranges from shared observations.
  • WoRMS: "The aim of a World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) is to provide an authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms, including information on synonymy."— WoRMS website.

Texts, free

Data processing



Many of these texts require comfort with vector calculus.


Tools for finding other projects

  • SciStarter: Lists citizen-science and other science activities that people can participate in.

amateur-science citizen-science naturalist science-outreach

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