We are a group of PhD students at the University of Notre Dame and University of Nevada, Reno. Each of us is interested in, and concered about, the impacts that human activities (climate change, land-use, and movement of non-native species) is having on the biosphere, which is why each of us is addressing aspects of these issues in our research.
We also think citizen science is a powerful tool for addressing fundamental and important scientific questions. This led us to create - Pieris Project, a citizen science project that partners with the public to learn how an invasive butterfly (cabbage white) is adapting to changes in it's enviornment. This research will help us to better understand how species respond to changes in their enviornemnt and thus make better predictions and management decisions.
The team: Sean Ryan (University of Notre Dame; project founder) Matt Eng (University of Notre Dame) Anne Espeset (University of Nevada, Reno) Yiyuan Li (University of Notre Dame) Lainey Paternak (University of Notre Dame) Meredith Doellman (University of Notre Dame)