How are native and invasive plants responding to
Alaska's changing climate?


This is the question the Project BrownDown team needs your help tackling!  Project BrownDown formed as an extension of the Melibee Project after some volunteers observed that in years with long autumns, the invasive plants seemed to hold onto their leaves far later than the native plants.  This raised the question: Could invasive plants be taking better advantage of changes in growing season length and variability associated with climate change compared to the native plants?  What might the impacts be in the arctic and boreal regions where the effects of climate change are strong and where invasive species are spreading at an increasing rate?  To help find the answers to these questions and more, join our team of citizen scientists conducting research on plant phenology (timing of life events) on the ground!

UPDATE July 2016: We are nearing completion of this project and are no longer accepting new participants. 

            Research    Join the Team
            Citizen Science Protocol    Submit Data 

Our Research
Learn more about the phenology and climate change research that our lab is doing and why we need citizen scientists to help. See the research.

Join the Team!
We need your help. Anyone in Alaska is encouraged to volunteer and contribute to these important research questions. Interested? In-person and online training opportunities are offered annually in August. Contact us for more information.

Citizen Science Protocol
Learn how to make observations of your plants and download datasheets and identification guides. View the protocol and get materials.

Submit Data and See Results
Enter your data online and see real-time visualizations of your results. Go to data.