National Cockroach Project
|Goal||Use DNA barcoding to analyze American cockroaches.|
|Task||Collect, label, send in dead American cockroaches.|
|Where||Global, anywhere on the planet|
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?
|How to Join||
To participate, collect a cockroach!
WHAT YOU NEED:
-Specimen label with collection location, date
-Regular envelope and postage (form with instructions available at http://phe.rockefeller.edu/barcode/cockroachproject.html
WHAT YOU GET:
-Cool topic to talk about with friends
-DNA sequences you can analyze to study evolution
Sharp eyes to spot cockroaches
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||At home, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At night, At sports stadiums|
|Tags||biodiversity, DNA barcoding, evolution, urban ecology, urban wildlife|
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katespencer 12/15/2016This research project allows us to work on it at school, and to learn about scientific methods, life cycles, reproduction, etc. of spiders. Students love spiders and this will be a very engaging project.
pollack 12/15/2016Students love this area as well as learn a great deal about one of the oldest creatures on our planet.
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