PAWS-On-Science Outreach! April 2013

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Blog, Citizen Science | Comments Off

PAWS-On-Science Outreach! April 2013

(Or, how some Velcro, crayons, and enthusiasm can go a long way to engage kids in science). Like many ecologists (and ecologists-in-training), members of the Olden Lab spend a good deal of time dissecting complex ideas in ecology and statistics. Although the work is exciting and rewarding in its own right, we also have felt a desire and responsibility to use our findings to help inspire and teach the next generation of learners – and the taxpayers that often help fund our work! Enter events like Paws-On Science (April 5-7, 2013, at The...

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Pine Lake Invasive Crayfish Removal

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013 in Citizen Science | Comments Off

Pine Lake Invasive Crayfish Removal

Washington State is host to several aquatic invasive species, which pose significant threats to local ecosystems. Of significant concern is the recently introduced red swamp crayfish, (Procambarus clarkii). The substantial ecological effects of red swamp crayfish and possible financial costs to recreational fisheries necessitates rapid management efforts. Though likely established in only 10 lakes in western Washington, without control efforts these lakes may over time become local source populations for future spread. Lakes in Washington are...

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Spring BioBlitz: Fort Huachuca, Arizona

Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Citizen Science | Comments Off

Spring BioBlitz: Fort Huachuca, Arizona

In May of 2012, a group of volunteers braved the heat to assist with an intensive survey for Canyon treefrog (H. arenicolor, pictured right) in the Fort Huachuca area of southern Arizona. These intensive surveys which usually rely on help from a large group of volunteers (often called a ‘bioblitz’) are a great tool to help ecologists gain a comprehensive snapshot of an ecosystem at a particular time, or (in this case), survey for a species which is active for very short periods in a season or even a year.      ...

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Schools and Science Curricula as Potential Pathways for Aquatic Invasive Species

Posted by on Feb 2, 2011 in Citizen Science | Comments Off

Schools and Science Curricula as Potential Pathways for Aquatic Invasive Species

We are working on a Washington Sea Grant funded project with multiple partners in the United States and Canada researching schools and biological/science supply houses as a pathway for invasive species. Our core goal is to develop tools and products that can help prevent new invasions while maintaining live organisms as a learning tool in the classroom. Our research involves understanding how live organisms are selected and used in the classroom and in curricula; as well as how live organisms are acquired, cultivated, distributed for...

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