With dogwoods in bloom, researchers ask for public help to collect data
Are you ready to be a citizen scientist?
If you’ve got a smartphone, then you are all set. The University of Georgia needs people across the Southeast to help with the Dogwood Genome Project now that the trees are starting to bloom in Athens and across the state.
All you have to do to help is register as a volunteer observer with the National Phenology Network’s Nature’s Notebook and then help collect data on the appearance of flowers, leaves, and fruits on dogwood trees. After registering as an observer, dogwood lovers and science enthusiasts can collect data through an app that is available in both the Apple and Android stores. The National Phenology Network is a partner with the UGA Dogwood Genome Project. More information can be found at usanpn.org/nn/dogwood_genome.
“This information is especially important for developing projections for how dogwood populations will respond to a changing environment,” said Warnell Professor C.J. Tsai.