Citizen Science and Research
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. Our citizen scientist volunteers have also bee published in several peer-reviewed journal articles.
Many non-native grasses displace native species and increase the risk of wildfire. This threat is particularly grave in the Sonoran Desert because our plant communities are not fire adapted. Non-native plants, such as tamarisk, fountain grass, and buffelgrass, can have long-term effects on native plant communities. We have several Field Institute projects that address these priority species through study, removal, and monitoring.
- Invasive non-native plants: testing removal techniques for buffelgrass and fountain grass
- Mapping and monitoring of invasive non-native plants