Networked Expertise Research Group

Students in lab working on the Networked Expertise Project


We are just beginning to publish on our expertise research. Check back soon for updates! Note: * indicates NE student researchers.

Moriarty, D.*, & Mehlenbacher, A. R. (2019). The Coaxing Architecture of Reddit’s r/science: Adopting Ethos-assessment Heuristics to Evaluate Science Experts on the Internet. Social Epistemology.

Moriarty, D.*, Núñez de Villavicencio, P.*, Black, L.A.*, Cai, H.*, Bustos, M.*, Mehlenbacher, B., and Mehlenbacher, A. R. (2019). Durable Research, Portable Findings: Rhetorical Methods in Case Study Research. Technical Communication Quarterly. DOI: 10.1080/10572252.2019.1588376.

Griffin, D.B.*, Black, L.A.*, Balbon, A.P.*, & Mehlenbacher, A. R. (2019). Book Review Essay: Tales of Tiger Beetles and Other Citizen Sciences. East Asian Science, Technology and Society, 13(2).


Book Reviews with Scistarter

Our team as partnered with Scistarter to publish book reviews in a series dedicated to citizen science. Our reviews appear on the Public Library of Science Citizen Sci blog, Discover Magazine's "Citizen Science Salon," GotScience Magazine and Scistarter. Here are some books the team has reviewed:

Smitten by Giraffe: My Life as a Citizen Scientist by Anne Innis Dagg. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016. Reviewed by Danielle Griffin:

Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy edited by Susanne Hecker, Muki Haklay, Anne Bowser, Zen Makuch, Johannes Vogel and Aletta Bonn. University College London Press, 2018. Reviewed by Saeed Sabzian. Available online:

Be the Change: Saving the World with Citizen Science, 2nd ed. by Chandra Clarke. Kindle, 2013. Reviewed by Devon Moriarty. Available online:

Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction by Mary Ellen Hannibal. The Experiment, 2016. Reviewed by Danielle Griffin. Available online:

The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science by Akiko Busch. Yale University Press, 2014. Reviewed by Patricia Balbon. Available online:

Bat Count: A Citizen Science Story by Anna Forrester. Arbordale Publishing, 2017. AND Moonlight Crab Count by Neeti Bathala, Jennifer Keats Curtis, & Veronica V. Jones (Illustrator). Arbordale Publishing, 2017. Reviewed by Tyler Black. Available online:

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People Are Changing the Face of Discovery by Caren Cooper. Overlook Press: New York, NY. 2016. Reviewed by Ashley Mehlenbacher. Available online:

The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science edited by Darlene Cavalier and Eric B. Kennedy. Consortium for Science, Policy, & Outcomes. 2016. Reviewed by Devon Moriarty. Available online:

Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and other New Ways of Engaging the World by Sharman Apt Russell. Oregon State University Press. 2014. Reviewed by Ashley Mehlenbacher. Available online:


NE team at a Girls in STEAM event at the University of Waterloo
Photo: Workshop for Girls in STEAM event by Mayor Dave Jaworsky hosted at the Institute for Quantum Computing. Janurary, 2018.

Past Team Members

Devon Moriarty, Doctor of Philosophy in English, RA for Fall 2017–Spring 2019.

Lillian Black, Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric, Media, and Professional Communication and Masters of Arts, RA Fall 2017–Spring 2019.

Patricia Balbon, Bachelor of Science in Honours Science (Society, Technology, and Values Option), RA for Fall 2018/Winter 2019

Danielle Griffin, Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Rhetoric, Minor in Cognitive Science, RA for Fall 2018/Winter 2019

Paula Nunez de Villavicencio, Master of Arts in Rhetoric & Communication Design, RA for Winter 2018

Monica Bustos, Bachelor of Science in Honours Health Studies, RA for Winter 2018

Helen Cai, Bachelor of Science in Honours Health Studies, RA for Winter 2018

Kelsey Metz, Bachelor of Social Work (Renison University College), RA for Fall 2017 

Shania Trepanier, Bachelor of Arts in Knowledge Integration, RA for Fall 2017

Jamie Bate, Bachelor of Arts in Knowledge Integration, RA for Spring 2017

Jason Chen, Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management, RA for Spring 2017

Shawn Corsetti, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, RA for Spring 2017

Sara Majid, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, RA for Spring 2017

Zainab Salman, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, RA for Spring 2017

Cailin Younger, Bachelor of Arts in Global Business and Digital Arts, RA for Spring 2017


Prof. Mehlenbacher, students from her graduate qualitative methods course, and her Networked Expertise research team.
Photo: "60 Minutes to Save the World" Youth Outreach STEAM education event run by Prof. Mehlenbacher's Qualitative Methods grad seminar (who designed the workshop during a design sprint hosted at Google Waterloo) and NE research team. October 2017.

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This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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Support for this project is provided through an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Science.


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The University of Waterloo's Faculty of Arts has also provided funding that supports this project.

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The University of Waterloo/SSHRC Seed Grant program also provided support for this project.