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Photo: Lynette Schimming (Creative Commons License)
Participation fee $0
Expenses $0
Spend the time outdoors
Location anywhere
Appropriate for kids yes
Teaching materials no


Required Gear:

Sharp eyes to spot cockroaches


National Cockroach Project


Use DNA barcoding to analyze American cockroaches.
Collect, label, send in dead American cockroaches.

WHAT: High school students and other citizen scientists collecting and helping analyze American cockroaches using DNA barcoding.

WHY: Genetic diversity is a window into evolution and patterns of migration. American cockroaches originated in Africa and hitchhiked around the world on commercial goods. This project asks:

  1. Do American cockroaches differ genetically between cities?

  2. Do US genetic types match those in other parts of the world?

  3. Are there genetic types that represent undiscovered look-alike species?




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