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The Living Snow Project

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Raised toward our $3,000 Goal
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Project has ended
Project ended on August 31, at 12:00 AM PDT
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The Living Snow Project

The Living Snow Project is a student and faculty-led citizen-science program that empowers local communities to participate in research in alpine ecosystems in the face of climate change.


Our primary goal is to engage the outdoor recreation community in research, which helps us create robust data sets and cultivates ecological awareness and conservation.  



We are raising money to support student internships.  Giving here supports the 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 Living Snow Project, run out of 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. 



Choose a giving level


Green Circle

$5 will support postage costs for two sample kits


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.


Black Diamond

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


Double Black Diamond

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



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

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