McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Field Institute
We partner with scientists and actively involve volunteers in research as citizen scientists. We use research results to build best practices for long-term resource management, provide educational opportunities for every age and contribute to the broader scientific knowledge of natural areas.
Helen Rowe holds a M.S. degree in Rangeland Ecosystem Science and a PhD in Ecology both from Colorado State University and has served as a faculty member at Purdue University and more recently at Arizona State University. Her research expertise lies in restoration ecology, invasive plant dynamics, and soil-plant interactions. She continues to hold affiliations with ASU as an adjunct professor in the School of Life Sciences and as a Senior Sustainability Fellow.
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Melanie Tluczek is the Assistant Director of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Field Institute. She holds an M.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology from Arizona State University, where she studied the water diet and water requirements of pronghorn antelope. Melanie has specific skills in plant and animal identification, but is fascinated by all aspects of the Sonoran Desert.
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Science Advisory Committee
Our Science Advisory Committee (SAC) provides expert support, reviews materials and helps connect us to external resources. The SAC brings a broad scientific perspective to the Field Institute research program by developing experimental design and methods on individual projects, reviewing overall research priorities and setting Field Institute work into a broader regional and national context.
ASU School of Life Sciences, Central Arizona Butterfly Association
ASU CAP LTER Program
Arizona Game & Fish Department
Arizona Geologic Survey
Scottsdale Community College
ASU School of Life Sciences
School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning
Our research partners work with us on individual research and monitoring projects to develop experimental design, guide the methods and help with data analysis and final documentation. Research partners also help guide the work of citizen scientists to produce robust and reliable results.