McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Parsons 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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Tiffany comes to us from the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club, where she most recently has been Chapter Coordinator and Publications Editor. Previously, she served as the Education Events Coordinator at the Arizona Science Center, developing and organizing numerous science-focused children's events. Tiffany received her Master of Science in Applied Biological Sciences from Arizona State University in May 2017, where she studied micro-habitat and movement of endangered Mexican Garter Snakes. Tiffany has extensive experience developing and leading citizen science projects and a wide variety of field experience, including several Conservancy projects.
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Citizen scientists are volunteers who work with Parsons Field Institute staff and research partners. Our citizen scientists work on all aspects of research, including data collection, organizing field days and mapping and analyzing data. We have several peer-reviewed journal articles published by citizen scientists.
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 Parsons 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.
Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research (MPCER) at Northern Arizona University
Associate Professor, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, ASU
Gita Bodner, Ph.D.
Conservation Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy
ASU School of Life Sciences, Central Arizona Butterfly Association
ASU CAP LTER Program
Arizona Game & Fish Department
Scottsdale Community College
ASU School of Life Sciences
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.