For the last 5 years Ali Swanson has helped the Zooniverse and its community – first as the lead researcher on Snapshot Serengeti, and more recently as Zooniverse science liaison – helping multiple researchers all over the globe realise their dream of having our crowd help process their images.

Last year Ali left the Zooniverse (well, no-one ever actually leaves the family…) to take up one of her dream jobs at the US State Department. Months later, after being held back due to the hiring freeze, she was told the job is no longer hers.

Enable Ali to carry on helping researchers do science all over the world by contributing to her Patreon campaign! Find out why the image above is of tiny donkeys, and more about Ali’s campaign, at