Project Reports and Publications


Timber Tracking: Bigleaf Maple

1. Cronn, Richard C., et al. “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, 100033, Nov. 2021.

Wildlife Connectivity

1. Siegar, Josianne, et al. “Species and Demographic Responses to Wildlife-Friendly Fencing on Ungulate Crossing Success and Behavior.” Conservation Science and Practice, Vol. 2, Issue 10, 16 Sept. 2020.
2. Monge-Nájera, Julián. “Road Kills in Tropical Ecosystems: a Review with Recommendations for Mitigation and for New Research.” Revista De Biología Tropical, Universidad De Costa Rica, 24 May 2018.

Coastal Marten Survey

Moriarty, Katie M., et al. “Status of Pacific Martens (Martes caurina) on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington.”Northwest Science, Vol. 93, No. 2, 25 Sept. 2019.

Worldwide Pika Project

Smith, Adam B., et al. “Alternatives to Genetic Affinity as a Context for within-Species Response to Climate.” Nature News, Nature Publishing Group, 23 Sept. 2019. 

Yellow Cedar Study, Southeast Alaska

​1. Oakes, Lauren E., et al. “Conservation in a Social-Ecological System Experiencing Climate-Induced Tree Mortality.” Biological Conservation, Elsevier, 22 Oct. 2015. 
2. Oakes, Lauren E., et al. “Long‐Term Vegetation Changes in a Temperate Forest Impacted by Climate Change.” The Ecological Society of America, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 31 Oct. 2014.

Pacific Northwest Glacial Ice Worm Research

Dial, Roman J, et al. “The Role of Temperature in the Distribution of the Glacier Ice Worm, Mesenchytraeus Solifugus (Annelida: Oligochaeta: Enchytraeidae).” Taylor & Francis, Informa UK Limited, 5 Jan. 2018.

Worldwide Diatom Study

Bahls, Loren L. “The Role of Amateurs in Modern Diatom Research.” Taylor & Francis, Informa UK Limited, 20 Dec. 2014.
2. Bahls, Loren L. “Neidiopsis Hamiltonii Sp. Nov., N. Weilandii Sp. Nov., N. Levanderi and N. Wulffii from Western North America.” Taylor & Francis, Informa UK Limited, 6 Mar. 2014.
3. Bahls, Loren L. “New Diatoms from the American West-A Tribute to Citizen Science.” Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1 Mar. 2014.
4. Bahls, Loren L. “Kurtkrammeria, a New Genus of Freshwater Diatoms (Bacillariophyta, Cymbellaceae) Separated from Encyonopsis.” Nova Hedwigia, Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1 Aug. 2015.

Snow and Ice

Carey, Mark, et al“Climbing for Science and Ice: From Hans Kinzl and Mountaineering-Glaciology To Citizen Science in the Cordillera Blanca.” Revista De Glaciares y Ecosistemas De Montaña.

Global Microplastics Initiative

1. 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.
2. Montoto-Martínez, Tania, et al. “Pump-Underway Ship Intake: An Unexploited Opportunity for Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) Microplastic Monitoring Needs on Coastal and Oceanic Waters.” PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science, 8 May 2020.
3. Rasmussen, Lisa M. “When Citizens Do Science: Stories from Labs, Garages, and Beyond.” Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, Vol. 9 No. 1, 2019, p. 1-4. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/nib.2019.0001.
4. Barrows, Abigail P.W., et al. “Marine Environment Microfiber Contamination: Global Patterns and the Diversity of Microparticle Origins.” Environmental Pollution, Elsevier, 26 Feb. 2018.
5. Waller, Catherine L, et al. “Microplastics in the Antarctic Marine System: An Emerging Area of Research.” Science of the Total Environment, Elsevier B.V., 2017.
6. Pate, J.A., and E.E. McKinnon. “A Citizen Engagement Approach to Water Advocacy: Experiences from ‘EXXpedition Great Lakes.’” Taylor & Francis, Informa UK Limited, 22 Nov. 2016.

7. Barrows, Abigail P. W., et al. “Grab vs. Neuston Tow Net: a Microplastic Sampling Performance Comparison and Possible Advances in the Field.” Analytical Methods, The Royal Society of Chemistry, 4 Oct. 2016.
8. Haab, Samantha, and Kimberly Haab. “The Environmental Impacts of Microplastics: An Investigation of Microplastic Pollution in North Country Waterbodies.” St. Lawrence University, May 2016.

Gallatin Microplastics Initiative

Barrows, Abigail P.W., et al. “A Watershed-Scale, Citizen Science Approach to Quantifying Microplastic Concentration in a Mixed Land-Use River.” Water Research, Pergamon, 8 Oct. 2018.

Conserving Biodiversity: Pollinators

1. Forister, M.L., et al. Fewer Butterflies Seen by Community Scientists Across the Warming and Drying Landscapes of the American West.” Science, Vol. 371, Issue 6533, pp. 1042-1045, 05 Mar 2021, doi: 10.1126/science.abe5585.
2. Prudic, Kathleen L., et al. “Creating the Urban Farmer’s Almanac with Citizen Science Data.” MDPI, Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 11 Sept. 2019, doi:10.3390/insects10090294.
3. Prudic, Kathleen L, et al. “EButterfly: Leveraging Massive Online Citizen Science for Butterfly Conservation.” Insects, MDPI, 18 May 2017.

Whiteworm Lichen Collection

1. Onuț-Brännström, Ioana. “The Puzzle of Lichen Symbiosis: Pieces from Thamnolia.” DIVA, Uppsala Universitet, 2017.
2. Onuţ‐Brännström, Ioana, et al. “A Worldwide Phylogeography of the Whiteworm Lichens Thamnolia Reveals Three Lineages with Distinct Habitats and Evolutionary Histories.” Wiley Online Library, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 13 Apr. 2017.

Other Research

Connolly, C.T., et al. “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, IOP Publishing, 9 Oct. 2018.

Project Reports

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.

2019 Timber Tracking Report.pdf

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.

2018 Timber Tracking

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.

2017 Conserving Biodiversity: Pollinators

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.

Global & Gallatin Microplastics Initiatives Final Report

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.

Rare Carnivore Monitoring, Uinta National Forest

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.

2015 Pristine Seas Report, Republic of Palau

Veterans Lynx Tracking, Helena National Forest, Montana – 2015 Report

2015 Lynx Tracking with Veterans, Helena National Forest

Coastal Pacific Marten Survey, Olympic National Forest – 2014 Report

2014 Marten Survey, Olympic National Forest

Yellow Cedar Study, Southeast Alaska – 2013 Report

2013 Yellow Cedar Study, Southeast Alaska

Camera Trap Study, Hebgen Lake, Montana – 2013 Report

2013 Hebgen Wildlife Survey, Hebgen Lake

Wolverine Expedition, Darhad Region, Mongolia – 2013 Report

2013 Wolverine Survey, Mongolia

Coastal Pacific Marten Survey, Olympic National Forest – 2013 Report

2013 Marten Survey, Olympic National Forest

Military Veterans and Families Grizzly Tracking, Tobacco Root Mountains, Montana – 2012 Report

2012 Grizzly Tracking with Veterans, Tobacco Roots

Wolverine Tracking, Helena National Forest, Montana – 2011 Report

Grizzly Bear/Whitebark Pine Monitoring Study, Centennial Range, Montana – 2011 Report

2011 Grizzly/Whitebark Monitoring, Centennial Mountains