digging a hole in the snow

Stream Tracker Citizen Science Project

March 14, 2019 |

Stream Tracker, like Community Snow Obs, is a community monitoring network. However, instead of snow depths, project members focus their observations on intermittent streams—streams that do not always have flowing water.

pink snow algae

Living Snow Project

March 6, 2019 |

The Living Snow Project (LSP) is a citizen science program housed at Western Washington University that studies “watermelon snow,” or snow algae.

beautiful environment field flora

Citizen Science at the Intersection of Snow and Phenology

January 17, 2019 |

The Wildflower Watch program would like your help gathering data on phenology (timing of ecological events) in the area surrounding Jackson, Wyoming.

skiing uphill

Glacier Phenology

August 17, 2018 |

In the past, I’ve associated the concept of phenology with flowers and trees undergoing seasonal transformations from buds to blooms. However, conducting research on the Easton Glacier the past several months for my Masters thesis has shown me the remarkably striking ways at which mountain-scapes, too, change with the seasons.

fieldwork on snow

Greater Yellowstone Microclimates and Citizen Science in the Tetons

May 1, 2018 |

The snow line in the southern Tetons climbs visibly higher each day as if the 17/18 ski season is waving us goodbye. Bare ground was present within Jackson’s city limits for most of the winter, but the Snake River basin’s snow water equivalent (SWE) stacked up to 112 % of the running average (calculated by the Natural Resource conservation Service, NRCS).