Fall CALeDNA Citizen Science Event

We are looking for lots of citizen scientists to help with the 2nd CALeDNA event happening on MVPGR on Saturday, December 2 (9-12pm).  As part of a California-wide citizen science project, we will be joining researchers, Dr. Jason Sexton (UCM), Dr. Dannise Ruiz Ramos (UCM), and Dr. Andy Aguilar (CSU Los Angelos) in collecting soil samples in order to understand the biodiversity of the MVPGR.  Soils samples will be sent to UCLA and processed for environmental DNA (eDNA), or DNA that is release from an organism into the environment.  eDNA sequences then can be analyzed for identification of microbes, plants, and animals.  We will be collecting soil samples as well as taking basic soil measurements, snapping field site and iNaturalist photos, and recording observations.  Soil samples also will be frozen at a state-of-the-art environmental sample museum allowing future researchers to ask how biodiversity changes over time, particularly in relation to changing environmental conditions that California is experiencing.  Please see flyer for more information.  Training will be provided.  If you are interested, please email Monique Kolster (mkolster@ucmerced.edu), so that I can put you on the list!  Also, please circulate widely to let people know! 

Date 
December 2, 2017 - 9:00am
Location Address
5200 North Lake Rd.
Merced, CA 95343
United States
Event Contact
Address 
5200 North Lake Rd.
Merced, CA 95343
United States