Research Grants Available

North Cascades Audubon Society is looking to award a small number of grants, up to $500 each, to graduate and undergraduate students pursuing research in environmental science, conservation and other fields of study relating to North Cascades Audubon’s mission.

Application Requirements:

Abstract- A brief written description of your proposed research containing basic, easy to understand information on your research objectives and methods. Please include an explanation of how your research will further the mission of the North Cascades Audubon’s mission statement (see below). Limit 200 words.

Proposal Narrative– Outline your proposal research grant in detail, covering methodology, hypothesis, future applicability and any relevant background information. This proposal with the abstract must be approximately 3 pages.

Budget– Please include an entire, detailed budget in addition to your proposal narrative.
Grant Amount Request: Up to $500. Please highlight within your budget what you would like this scholarship to cover.
Durable materials purchased with this grant must stay with the university upon research completion.

Required Report: NCAS board requests a report on conclusion of research project.

North Cascades Audubon’s MISSION is to promote the study and conservation of birds and other wildlife, their habitat, and the environment; to increase public appreciation of the values of wildlife, plants, and the natural environment; and to stimulate action to protect and preserve them for the future.

Please contact our Scholarship Chair, Nicole Huson, with any further information about our scholarship opportunities.

To apply please submit your research proposal and abstract along with your financial request and projected budget to: Don Burgess, Secondary/ Science Education, Western Washington University, (360) 650-2482,



Recent NCAS Scholarship Recipients:


Will Brooks from University of Puget Sound was awarded $1565.51 for his research in song recognition and gene flow in a new secondary contact zone of white-crowned sparrows.


Caitlin O’Brian was awarded $930 for her research on development of
cryopreservation methods for male pinto abalone.

Holly Flann was awarded $500 for her research on the Effect of a
Coevolved Parasitic Nematode on Fitness of the Desert horned lizard
(Phrynosoma platyrhinos) in the Alvord Desert.

Patrick o’Brian was awarded $500 for his research on ultrasonic
telemetry to describe space use by non-native European green crab and
native Dungeness and red rock crabs.


Chelsea Hutchinson, The role of quorum sensing signals in seastar wasting disease ($772). 

Natalie Coleman, Effect of ocean acidification on symbiotic algae in Anthopleura sea anemones. ($855). 

Madelyn Voelker, Diet specialization in Salish Sea harbor seals. ($564). 

Rachel Mallon, Snow algae communities in the Pacific Northwest.


Trevor Bloom, continuation of 2015 project. ($400). 

Ryan Drake, Sagebrush lizard response to habitat degradation in shrub steppe. ($400). 

Zoe Zilz, Parasitism by the marine ciliate Orchitophyra in the seastar Pisaster ochraceus. ($400). 

Whatcom Museum, bird camp, ($500).


Trevor Bloom, Biotic response to future warming of alpine plants in response to fire frequency and intensity. ($400). 

Whatcom Museum, 3 attendees to bird camp. ($150).


Andres Quesada, Shannon Buckham,  Katrina Nikolich,


Paul Backus, Population Dynamics and Individual Dispersal in a Peripheral Metapopulation of Western Fence Lizards (Sceloporus occidentalis) in Northwest Washington, ($400). 

Jason CornellQuantitative Characterization of Element Mobility During Natural Granite Weathering at Lower Blum Lake in North Cascades National Park Service Complex, ($300).


Julie Fix, Investigation of biochemical and community-level responses of lichens to air pollutants originating from trains in northwestern Washington. ($400); 

David Droppers, Climate Change Effect on Butterflies,($280); 

Matthew Warren, Landscape Effects on Connectivity and Genetic Diversity of Cougar (Puma Concolor) Populations in Washington, (320).


Bobbie BuzzellRiver otter diet and predation on threatened fish species in the San Juan Islands Archipelago, Washington ($358); 

Kelly CatesThe response of harbor seals to boat traffic under different levels of exposure ($390); 

Hanna WinterEffect of vegetation type on the temperature response of nitrogen and carbon fluxes in subalpine soils in the North Cascades($250).


Matthew FisherThe Impacts Of Timber Management On Biodiversity In Forests Of Northwestern Washington ($400).


Sara Cendejas-ZarelliChanges in haul-out patterns of Pacific Harbor seals in Bellingham Bay, WA. ($367.70),

Lauren GrantDiet of river otters in the San Juan Island Archipelago, Washington ($300)


Jessica FarrerSeasonal variation in the abundance of harbor seals in Bellingham, Washington ($212.07)

 Andy NelsonSurvey of Flora Species and Diversity on Mount Baker, Washington ($230)


Carly GelardenPredicting Riparian Songbird Responses to Dam Removals on the Elwha River ($500)