The 7th annual March Mammal Madness Tournament (MMM) is on us! What is MMM, we ask? Only a many engaging, riveting, and scientifically accurate bracket-based contest around! 82 contenders enter, though usually one (or this year, perhaps two) will be a Champion!
March Mammal Madness was combined in 2013 by Dr. Katie Hinde. Fed adult with other Mar Madness-themed games that relied on recognition or cuteness to establish a winners, Hinde motionless to emanate a diversion formed on some-more picturesque scenarios. She combined a bracket of 64 mammals in 4 divisions, and afterwards energetic a probabilities of who would win a given confront formed on a tangible physiology, behavior, and sourroundings of a animal. After regulating a pointless series generator to establish a winner, Hinde crafted a comment of a battle, all a while citing her sources…on Twitter.
Each year, a MMM organisation chooses animals (and spasmodic non-animals) within 4 groups that have a specific theme, such as a Jump Jump multiplication this year, to emanate a bracket. While there competence be animals featured in prior years, they try to variegate a class that are represented. Before a joint is distributed to a world, a organisation pre-determines a outcome of any conflict in a contest by a championship. “Then a battles are live-tweeted as a dynamic, play-by-play story, many like someone would watch a basketball game,” Hinde said, in this speak on NPR, “Sometimes animals can excommunicate one another. Sometimes animals can hide, animals can run away. Sometimes they get eaten. Sometimes they indeed rivet in hit aggression.”
To attend in MMM, players fill out a joint with their choices on who would win in any given scenario, before a Wild Card conflict occurs. While systematic contribution could (and should, if we wish to win) surprise choices, many players choose from their heart. Once a joint is filled out, players can balance in to chatter regulating a hashtag #2019MMM or following a comment @2019MMMLetsGo on comparison nights via a month of Mar to learn how wisely and good they chose, by storytelling and systematic references. Scoring occurs during a finish of a tournament, points allocated as follows:
- Wild Card = 1 point
- Round 1 = 1 indicate each
- Round 2 = 2 points each
- Round 3 = 3 points each
- Round 4 = 5 points each
- Round 5 = 6 points each
- Champion= 13 points
In joint pools, whoever has a many points wins!
Since 2013, MMM has grown exponentially in popularity, scale, and impact. This year, a organisation includes several scientists, professors, artists, college students, and librarians who all work together to coordinate a tournament. In 2017, MMM started providing early entrance to a contest joint to educators who wanted to use it in their classes. As of today, scarcely 3000 teachers perceived not usually a bracket, though also doctrine skeleton and other information to rivet over 220,000 students!
Mauna Dasari, a PhD claimant during a University of Notre Dame and partial of a MMM team, pronounced that a contest is “often a matrimony of aged scholarship with new communication. Papers (and whole PhD theses) documenting bland behaviors get pulled from a annals of scholarship and presented to a open in this totally new height and style. In academia, we tell these unequivocally specific papers that can be tough to beget a lot of open interest, though MMM bridges a opening beautifully.”
But what does this have to do with Citizen Science? In prior years SciStarter projects like eMammal have actively participated in a contest by tweeting images and contribution about a contenders. For example, they posted this great shot of a raccoon, from a Urban Jungle Division in final year’s tournament:
And they provided insider information on a snacking habits of hyenas (another 2018 Urban Jungle competitor):
Many other projects competence aim specific class on this year’s bracket. “Being in a wildlife margin for some years, we have famous about a MMM for a while, though have never unequivocally followed it before. However, when we schooled that a tiger salamander was a contender this year we was excited!” wrote Alie Mays from a Nebraska Salamander Search Project. “As partial of my position as Watchable Wildlife Biologist for a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, we coordinate several state citizen scholarship projects. One of these projects Nebraska Salamander Search focuses on recording sightings of a smallmouth and tiger salamanders in Nebraska. So however many of an loser a tiger salamander competence be (rank 13), we will be rooting for their success in turn 1.”
March Mammal Madness generates an implausible turn of fad and unrestrained for training about opposite animals among a far-reaching audience. Getting some-more people concerned and participating in augmenting a believe and recognition of a universe around us is a idea common by Citizen Scientists and Mar Mammal Madness fans alike. True story: we schooled about Citizen Science Day during a #2016MMM tournament, that is what desirous us during ASU Library to start removing involved!
Here are a few of a SciStarter projects that concentration on class enclosed in this year’s bracket:
- Tiger Nation
- The Portland Urban Coyote Project
- Steller Watch – sea lions
- Several Ant Projects
- BC Cetacean Sightings Network
…and many more!
As a organizers explained in this 2017 post, “March Mammal Madness is collective, opening scholarship – a story of animals, told with imagination, creativity and astonishment for a healthy world. We applaud class and a ecosystems they inhabit, scientists who control studies, funders who make a investigate probable and a disrespect of a tellurian spirit, that creates delight and better opportunities for insane rabble talk. This contest is a adore minute to science, about scholarship and from scholarship for all who participate.”
So get your brackets, follow #2019MMM on twitter, and let a games begin! The Wild Card conflict starts on Mar 11.
Want some-more citizen science? Check out SciStarter’s Project Finder! With citizen scholarship projects travelling each margin of research, charge and age group, there’s something for everyone!
About a Author
Anali Maughan Perry is a Scholarly Communication Librarian during Arizona State University’s ASU Library. In this role, she provides overdo and preparation per erudite edition and copyright, with sold importance on satisfactory use, open entrance to erudite information, and open education. She enthusiastically contributes to a Mar Mammal Madness organisation by administration of a March Mammal Madness Library Guide.