Oklahoma citizens LOVE science!
In Spring 2016 nearly 40 teachers (and their students) and homeschool families participated in our Amphibian Infectious Disease Citizen Science project! We hope to reach even more in 2017. Our current efforts on the project involve working to extract DNA from all the frog swabs sent Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) DNA from everyone’s swabs. Soon, we will be able to share the results of this pilot project with all our participants. Be sure to check back in Spring 2017 if you would like to participate!
In the meantime, check out a great Alec in WILDland episode that shares our research via an explanation and demonstration by citizen science participant, Derek Bateman. We encourage you to view the entire episode, but our project is highlighted from approximately 14:12 to 20:42. View the episode here.
The project was also featured in the Sam Noble Museum’s Tracks quarterly newsletter and by the University of Oklahoma news.
Citizen science results from 2016 now available! View the interactive map.
Photo courtesy of Derek Bateman.