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
Friday, May 24th
from 11:00am-1:00pm PST
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
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
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?
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
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