The season is all but closed with a total of 972 leaf samples and 86 sets of wood samples. We couldn’t be more proud of this landmark data collection effort, and we’re grateful for each and every one of our volunteers.
The samples the team collected will be used to build a genetic database of the species, which will give authorities a powerful new tool to identify the origin of suspicious timber, and bring an end to the activities of illegal loggers.
In the animation below, watch the samples fill the map of bigleaf maple’s range as the dates of the season run by at the bottom.
Although we’re sad to say goodbye to the leafy season, we are excited to keep working with each of our volunteers over the fall and winter months. And further down the line we’ll share our comprehensive 2018 field season summary and reports on our partners’ preliminary scientific findings.
Thanks everyone who participated directly in the project, as well as everyone who supported it through your broader support of Adventure Scientists!