The Living Snow Project: Alpine-based Community Supported Science

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Project ends on August 01, at 12:00 AM PDT
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The Living Snow Project: Alpine-based Community Supported Science

The Living Snow Project is a student/faculty led community supported science program run through Western.  We empower local communities to participate in research on alpine snow ecosystems in the face of climate change.

 

We are raising money to support student internships. Students work hard to help make this program work, and financial support enables them to continue to innovate and grow the program.  Giving here supports the science research we do at the Living Snow Project, while also giving students meaningful research and programmatic experiences.  Thank you for supporting us!

 

What is living snow?

Have you seen the snow turn pink in the spring and summer in the mountains?  That pink snow is actually a community of microbes specifically adapted to live in snow, and are supported by microalgae that give the pink or red color. The algae's dark color increases the rate that snow and ice melt, which are a stress on the rapidly receding glaciers of the Cascades Mountains. The Kodner Lab in the Biology Department is studying snow algae biodiversity using DNA samples from across the Cascades.  Community volunteers assist in our research by collecting samples for us when traveling in the mountains on skiing, climbing, and hiking trips. See the project website and our Instagram to learn more about what we do. 

 

 

 

 

 

Levels
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$5

Green Circle

$5 will support postage costs for two sample kits

$20

Blue Square

In 2019, we will have three GIS and two Biology students working with the project. The GIS interns will work together to make interactive sample maps, including stories of sampling trips. We also to make an interactive app where participants will be able to where samples have been collected in almost* real time. The Biology student interns make sample kits, process DNA samples back in the lab, and help analyze data. We have a lot of DNA extractions to do and this is great experience for a WWU undergraduates. Your donation of any $ amount here will go to support student internship stipends. *Because samples are collected in places that typically don't have cell service, the app would upload data after collection.

$100

Black Diamond

The level is fast and steep! It gets us closer to supporting students!

$500

Double Black Diamond

This is the steepest, fastest way to help us support students.

$2,000

Pro-line

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

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