Become a Citizen Scientist with BioTrails

Adult volunteers are invited to apply to participate in BioTrails, a new citizen science project that uses genetic techniques to monitor animal and plant species on Mount Desert Island and in Acadia National Park.

BioTrails is a collaborative project of the MDI Biological Laboratory, the National Park Service, and the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, and is supported in part by funding from the National Science Foundation.

The goal of the project is to establish practices for combining public participation in scientific research (citizen science) with DNA-based species identification (DNA barcoding) to scale-up and improve the accuracy of research projects that monitor animal and plant species in the sea and on land as they respond to climate and other environmental changes.

BioTrails participants collaborate with scientists in the field and in the lab, collecting, sorting, and identifying invertebrates from eelgrass beds in Frenchman Bay as part of an ongoing restoration project, and helping to create DNA barcoding reference libraries.

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Sign up for BioTrails email alerts, or contact the program director, Karen James, at 207-288-9880 ext 427, or