Cravings for chocolate or ice cream are not uncommon, but Natasha Gownaris, a third-year doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, craves Africa and is crowdfunding to send herself back to Lake Turkana in Kenya.
Gownaris’ research project called “Saving the Samaki of the World’s Largest Desert Lake” is currently being featured on PetriDish.org, which is the largest crowdfunding site specifically for scientific research.
PetriDish.org was co-founded in January of this year by Matt Salzberg and Ilia Papas and provides a forum for scientists to campaign, or crowdfund, for support of their research. Crowdfunding is the term used to describe an effort made mostly through the Internet to get people to fund a project.
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