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Support Citizen Science Climate Change Research

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Support Citizen Science Climate Change Research

Funding this project will help us empower citizen scientists to contribute to climate change research in the Pacific Northwest.


We are working to create a map of snow algae blooms in the mountains. Snow algae growing on snow can melt snow up to 6x faster, and the faster the snow melts the faster the algae grow.  Increased snow and glacial melt is a primary indicator of the effects of climate change.



Skier, climbers and hikers can help us collect samples and improve the impact of our study!


Every year, we need to sample as many places as often as possible to get samples of snow algae.  We have huge gaps in our ability to collect samples in extreme alpine environments. In the Kodner Lab, we can only climb so many mountains in a season. See our website for more details:



Our active outdoor community has this ability to help make an important contribution to climate change research while doing what we love to do.  We need funding to accomplish our goals.


We will use your funding to:

  1. create sampling kits to distribute to the citizen scientists, climber scientists, and skier scientist.  
  2. process samples so we can get DNA sequences from the data


The results of this community effort will be a much higher-resolution study than we could do alone.  Thank you for your support.



To learn more, see our website

Check out our instagram to follow our work.


Watch this video to learn more about how we study snow algae.

What this video to learn more about how to sample snow algae.




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snow friend

Help support our research.


fund a sample

We have calculated it costs about $20 to sequence one sample (We typically get about 50,000 sequences of microbes in each sample!). This donation will support the sequencing of one sample.


lab supporter

A sample processing kit (DNA extractions and amplifications) costs about $300. This will get us halfway there!


Sequence Supporter

$2000 will fund a sequencing run! This will give us DNA sequences for about 100 samples.

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