Our CCS Collabinar Series featured another great presentation—
CALeDNA, Next Steps:
Creating a scalable roadmap for how a community science program involved in cutting edge research can build a strong feedback loop.
Launched in 2017, CALeDNA is a University of California community science program that uses environmental DNA to monitor California’s biodiversity. Creating an open data platform aimed at the public and researchers alike was a first step in engaging both parties in this research. Analyses thus far have demonstrated the effectiveness of marine protected areas, the relationship between fire and plant biodiversity, and the spread of invasive species. They have also shown which questions are well-suited to eDNA methods and which are not. CALeDNA wants to empower their broad community with genetics literacy and the ability to use eDNA for innovation and problem solving.
Rachel Meyer, who runs the community science program at CALeDNA, presented along with Dannise V. Ruis-Ramos and Wai-Yin Kwan. After their presentation, we had the opportunity to discuss potential next steps for CALeDNA. We enjoyed getting to collaborate with all who were able to participate in-person or virtually!
Our discussion focused on the following questions:
- For small community science programs without an outreach specialist, what are some ways to engage the community?
- Where can we find synergies across the state for for community engagement, bioblitzes, eDNA collection, analysis and data use?
- Scientists are learning the meaning of eDNA alongside the public. How can we maximize the value of this unique kind of community science platform?
- For community science projects with custom web or mobile applications, what opportunities exist for supporting software development geared towards education?
More details can be found on the event flyer.
About the CCS Collabinar Series
The CCS Collabinar invites our partners from across the globe to bring us their most exciting challenges and opportunities in community and citizen science. Each event supports mutual learning, and advances projects and partnerships. To stay informed about upcoming collabinars, please sign up here.