Pathway to BioTrails: DNA-Assisted Species Identification for Citizen Science: What the Project Learned About How DNA-Assisted Species Identification Might Add Value to Learning

September 30th, 2015 | RESEARCH

In reflecting on what Pathway to Biotrails (“Biotrails”) learned about informal science learning, it is clear in hindsight that the project evolved into an exploration of how the important new technology of DNA-assisted species identification (“DNA barcoding”) might add value to learning in a variety of models for citizen science participant engagement. This was not the project’s initial design. But it seems to me that this “evolved” design was particularly appropriate for an exploratory, Pathways project focused on increasing our understanding of how a groundbreaking new technology might create new opportunities for citizen science learning. This report describes what we did and what we learned in the course of this exploration. It concludes with reflections and recommendations that might be useful in shaping future research.



Team Members

Bill Zoellick, Author, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 1223210

Related URLs

Pathway to BioTrails: DNA-assisted species identification for citizen science


Audience: Adults | Scientists
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | Life science | Technology
Resource Type: Research Case Study | Research Products
Environment Type: Citizen Science Programs | Public Programs