Project Reports and Publications
Cronn, Richard C., et al. 2021. “Range-wide assessment of a SNP panel for individualization and geolocalization of bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum Pursh)” Forensic Science International: Animals and Environments, Vol. 1.
Siegar, Josianne, et al. 2020. “Species and Demographic Responses to Wildlife-Friendly Fencing on Ungulate Crossing Success and Behavior.” Conservation Science and Practice, Vol. 2, Issue 10.
Monge-Nájera, Julián. 2018. “Road Kills in Tropical Ecosystems: a Review with Recommendations for Mitigation and for New Research.” Revista De Biología Tropical, Universidad De Costa Rica, Vol. 66. No. 2.
Coastal Marten Survey
Moriarty, Katie M., et al. 2019. “Status of Pacific Martens (Martes caurina) on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington.” Northwest Science, Vol. 93, No. 2.
Worldwide Pika Project
Yellow Cedar Study, Southeast Alaska
Oakes, Lauren E., et al. 2015. “Conservation in a Social-Ecological System Experiencing Climate-Induced Tree Mortality.” Biological Conservation, Vol. 192.
Oakes, Lauren E., et al. 2014. “Long‐Term Vegetation Changes in a Temperate Forest Impacted by Climate Change.” Ecosphere, Vol. 5. Issue 10.
Pacific Northwest Glacial Ice Worm Research
Dial, Roman J, et al. 2018. “The Role of Temperature in the Distribution of the Glacier Ice Worm, Mesenchytraeus Solifugus (Annelida: Oligochaeta: Enchytraeidae).” Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 48. Issue 1.
Worldwide Diatom Study
Bahls, Loren L. 2015. “Kurtkrammeria, a New Genus of Freshwater Diatoms (Bacillariophyta, Cymbellaceae) Separated from Encyonopsis.” Nova Hedwigia, Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung.
Bahls, Loren L. 2014. “The Role of Amateurs in Modern Diatom Research.” Diatom Research, Vol. 30. Issue 2.
Bahls, Loren L. 2014. “Neidiopsis Hamiltonii Sp. Nov., N. Weilandii Sp. Nov., N. Levanderi and N. Wulffii from Western North America.” Diatom Research, Vol. 29. Issue 4.
Bahls, Loren L. 2014. “New Diatoms from the American West-A Tribute to Citizen Science.” Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Vol. 163. Issue 1.
Snow and Ice
Global Microplastics Initiative
Lima, A.R.A., et al. 2021 “Global Patterns for the Spatial Distribution of Floating Microfibers: Arctic Ocean as a Potential Accumulation Zone.” Journal of Hazardous Materials, 403: 123796.
Montoto-Martínez, Tania, et al. 2020. “Pump-Underway Ship Intake: An Unexploited Opportunity for Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) Microplastic Monitoring Needs on Coastal and Oceanic Waters.” Public Library of Science, Vol. 15. Issue 5
Rasmussen, Lisa M. 2019. “When Citizens Do Science: Stories from Labs, Garages, and Beyond.” Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, Vol. 9. No. 1. p. 1-4.
Barrows, Abigail P.W., et al. 2018. “Marine Environment Microfiber Contamination: Global Patterns and the Diversity of Microparticle Origins.” Environmental Pollution, Vol. 237.
Waller, Catherine L, et al. 2017. “Microplastics in the Antarctic Marine System: An Emerging Area of Research.” Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 598.
Pate, J.A., and E.E. McKinnon. 2016. “A Citizen Engagement Approach to Water Advocacy: Experiences from ‘EXXpedition Great Lakes.’” Maritime Affairs: Journal of the National Maritime Foundation of India,Vol. 12. Issue 2.
Barrows, Abigail P. W., et al. 2016. “Grab vs. Neuston Tow Net: a Microplastic Sampling Performance Comparison and Possible Advances in the Field.” Analytical Methods, Issue 9.
Haab, Samantha, and Kimberly Haab. 2016. “The Environmental Impacts of Microplastics: An Investigation of Microplastic Pollution in North Country Waterbodies.” St. Lawrence University, May 2016.
Gallatin Microplastics Initiative
Conserving Biodiversity: Pollinators
Forister, M.L., et al. 2021. “Fewer Butterflies Seen by Community Scientists Across the Warming and Drying Landscapes of the American West.” Science, Vol. 371. Issue. 6533. p. 1042-1045.
Prudic, Kathleen L., et al. 2019. “Creating the Urban Farmer’s Almanac with Citizen Science Data.” Insects, Vol. 10. Issue 9. p. 294
Prudic, Kathleen L, et al. 2017. “EButterfly: Leveraging Massive Online Citizen Science for Butterfly Conservation.” Insects, Vol. 8. Issue 2. p. 53.
Whiteworm Lichen Collection
Onuț-Brännström, Ioana. 2017. “The Puzzle of Lichen Symbiosis: Pieces from Thamnolia.” Doctoral Thesis, Uppsala Universitet.
Onuţ‐Brännström, Ioana, et al. 2017. “A Worldwide Phylogeography of the Whiteworm Lichens Thamnolia Reveals Three Lineages with Distinct Habitats and Evolutionary Histories.” Ecology and Evolution, Vol. 7. Issue 10. p. 3602-3615.
Connolly, C.T., et al. 2018. “Watershed Slope as a Predictor of Fluvial Dissolved Organic Matter and Nitrate Concentrations across Geographical Space and Catchment Size in the Arctic.” Environmental Research Letters, Vol. 13. No. 10.
Timber Tracking – 2022 Report
In 2022, we began collection of our sixth species of the Timber Tracking project with eastern white oak (Quercus alba). Volunteers collected leaf, twig, acorn caps, and tree core samples from May 2022 through December 2022. In total, 147 volunteer teams collected 4,228 samples of leaves, twigs, acorn caps, and cores from 1,567 trees. Samples were collected from 34 states in the eastern and central U.S., covering the full extent of the species range. Our partners at the U.S. Forest Service will analyze these samples to build comprehensive genetic and chemical reference libraries that will enable land managers to enforce anti-poaching regulations, improve forestry management practices, and plan for climate change impacts.
Timber Tracking – 2021 Report
Adventure Scientists’ embarked on its fifth species of the Timber Tracking project by adding eastern black walnut (Juglans nigra) sample collection. Volunteers collected leaf, twig, and tree core samples from black walnut trees from July 2021 through January 2022. In total, 145 volunteer teams collected samples from 932 trees. Their collection included 483 leaf samples, 942 twig samples, and 491 tree core samples. We took samples from black walnut trees in 32 states in the eastern and central U.S., covering the full extent of the species range. Our partners at the U.S. Forest Service will analyze these samples to build comprehensive genetic and chemical reference libraries that will enable land managers to enforce anti-poaching regulations, improve forestry management practices, and plan for climate change impacts.
Wild and Scenic Rivers – 2020 & 2021 Report
Adventure Scientists’ volunteers successfully completed the first two field seasons of the four-year-long Wild and Scenic Rivers project. The project seeks to address water quality data gaps and update the status of Wild and Scenic Rivers across the nation, improving how these river systems are managed and protected.
Conserving Biodiversity: Pollinators – Final Report 2017-2020
Adventure Scientists’ Conserving Biodiversity: Pollinators Project provides data on pollinator abundance and diversity from remote areas where data gaps limit scientists’ and land managers’ ability to protect species and habitats at risk. In collaboration with Dr. Katy Prudic from the University of Arizona, the project launched in 2017 in 37 field sites across the western United States managed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). Volunteers with the project conducted butterfly and wildflower surveys in subalpine habitats from 2017 – 2020.
Timber Tracking – 2019 Report
Our 2019 Timber Tracking project focused on coast redwood, western redcedar and Alaska yellow-cedar. Volunteer adventurers collected 2,282 coast redwood samples from across entirety of the species’ natural range in an effort that supports both the US Forest Service in combatting timber theft and Save the Redwoods League in restoring forests with climate-resilient trees. Volunteers also collected 1,155 western redcedar samples and 402 Alaska yellow-cedar samples, which will help establish new genetic and chemical databases that can be used to prosecute timber theft and understand how forests are changing due to climate.
Timber Tracking – 2018 Report
The 2018 pilot season of Adventure Scientists’ Timber Tracking project engaged 110 volunteers who succeeded in sampling from 1,023 bigleaf maples across California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. The resulting collections will fuel the research and development of multiple wood identification technologies to battle against the illegal timber trade.
Conserving Biodiversity: Pollinators – 2017 Report
With 94 volunteers observing more than 500 butterflies and nearly 700 wildflowers, the results of our 2017 field season present a robust picture of backcountry biodiversity in alpine meadows of the Western United States.
Global & Gallatin Microplastics Initiatives – 2017 Final Report
Our two Microplastics Initiatives conducted surveys of microplastics pollution in aquatic ecosystems from 2013-2017. The results show that globally, microplastics are accumulating at a higher rate in marine systems than in freshwater systems and that microplastic contamination is ubiquitous across remote sample locations in both marine and freshwater systems––including glaciers.
Rare Carnivore Monitoring in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest – 2016 Report
Adventure Scientists report on the Uinta Carnivore Connectivity Project with the USDA Forest Service to train volunteers and lay out a network of 30 cameras in 14 remote drainages. The sites recorded more than 3000 camera-nights of data, fifteen species of wildlife, and nearly 20,000 camera trap images and video clips.
Marine Diversity and Protected Areas in Palau – 2015 Report
The National Geographic Pristine Seas report from their expedition to the Republic of Palau includes data from samples gathered for our Marine Microplastics Project. This report was provided to the government of Palau.