The Brosi Lab wrapped up the RMBL field season last week, with Kaysee and REU students Ashby and Sabra sampling one last time at our high elevation sites. We had a great season and couldn’t have asked for a better team. Thank you to the staff at RMBL and our funding sources for making this season possible! We look forward to coming back next year.
Now, we’re back in Seattle and ready to do some local fieldwork! Last fall, the Brosi Lab started collaborating with the Hille Ris Lambers lab at ETH Zurich (previously at UW) to continue the MeadoWatch program. MeadoWatch is a community science program at Mt. Rainier National Park that aims to understand how climate change affects timing of flowering and seed production in alpine meadows. Volunteers hike on two trails in the Park and survey the phenology of wildflowers in plots along the trail. These meadows melt out later than those at RMBL, and they’re currently in full bloom! Lab manager Annie Schiffer and volunteer coordinator Ava Kloss-Schmidt are out on the trails each week to collect phenology data and maintain the trails. If you want to be involved in MeadoWatch, visit www.meadowatch.org and sign up for our listserv!