Understanding the Use of Common Organisms as Biomarkers and Bioindicators

This survey is part of a research study conducted by Stacey Kuznetsov, James Pierce, and Eric Paulos at Carnegie Mellon University.  The purpose of the research is to understand how people use plants, animals and other common biomarkers to infer environmental conditions, states and processes.


The study consists of a short survey asking participants to describe examples of plants, animals and other natural biomarkers they use to infer facts about their environment. Participants are asked to submit an optional photograph exemplifying a biomarker- for instance, a plant that turns a specific color due to a pollutant in the air.


Participant Requirements 
Participation in this study is limited to individuals of age 18 and older.


The risks and discomfort associated with participation in this study are no greater than those ordinarily encountered in daily life or during other online activities. 


There may be no personal benefit from your participation in the study but the knowledge received may be of value to humanity.


Compensation & Costs
There is no compensation for participation in this study. There will be no cost to you if you participate in this study.


The data captured for the research does not include any personally identifiable information about you.  Your IP address will not be captured. You can submit your email address if you would like to be contacted for follow-up questions. By participating, you understand and agree that the data and information gathered during this study may be used by Carnegie Mellon and published and/or disclosed by Carnegie Mellon to others outside of Carnegie Mellon.  However, your name, address, contact information and other direct personal identifiers in your consent form will not be mentioned in any such publication or dissemination of the research data and/or results by Carnegie Mellon.


Right to Ask Questions & Contact Information
If you have any questions about this study, you should feel free to ask them by contacting  Stacey Kuznetsov () or James Pierce (). If you have questions later, desire additional information, or wish to withdraw your participation please contact the Principle Investigator by mail, phone or e-mail in accordance with the contact information listed above. If you have questions pertaining to your rights as a research participant; or to report objections to this study, you should contact the Research Regulatory Compliance Office at Carnegie Mellon University.


Phone: 412-268-1901 or 412-268-5460.

The Carnegie Mellon University Institutional Review Board (IRB) has approved the use of human participants for this study.


Voluntary Participation
Your participation in this research is voluntary.  You may discontinue participation at any time during the research activity. 


If you agree, please take our quick survey!