Hello School Malaise Trap Program Participants!
Nearly all of your samples have arrived at BIO and our Collections Team is hard at work sorting through the thousands of arthropods found in your sample bottles!
Hello #bioSMTP participants (past and present)!
Today, the School Malaise Trap Program Team has exciting news to share with you about your contributions to biodiversity research and the international scientific community. Quite recently, a research article titled “Exploring Genetic Divergence in a Species-Rich Insect Genus Using 2790 DNA Barcodes” was published in PLOS ONE. The researchers utilized DNA barcode data collected by several School Malaise Trap Program participants to support their research. The Director of Education and Outreach at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, Dr. Dirk Steinke, explains the significance of your contributions in a recent blog post entry on his site (http://dna-barcoding.blogspot.ca/) and has allowed us to re-post it below for your convenience:
School DNA Barcodes Published
- Belfountain Public School: Belfountain, ON
- Centennial C.V.I.: Guelph, ON
- John F. Ross C.V.I.: Guelph, ON
- Hagersville Elementary School: Hagersville, ON
- Listowel Central Public School: Listowel, ON
- Craig Kielburger Secondary School: Milton, ON
- Woodcrest Public School: Oshawa, ON
- Owen Sound C.V.I.: Owen Sound, ON
- Mornington Central School: Perth East, ON
- Little Falls Public School: St. Marys, ON
- St. Marys District C.V.I.: St. Marys, ON
- Sacred Heart School: Teeswater, ON
- Walpole Island Elementary School: Wallaceburg, ON
- Donald A. Wilson Secondary School: Whitby, ON
Hello #bioSMTP participants,
We hope everyone is having a good first week of insect collecting!
This email is a reminder to remove the collection bottle from Week 1 from the trap by the end of tomorrow (Sept. 25). Be sure to secure the cap back onto to the bottle and store it out of direct sunlight (cool, dark, secure place). Remember to install the bottle for Week 2 on Monday, Sept. 28th (no collecting will take place over the weekend).
ALSO! – At some point tomorrow, don’t forgot to let us know how your collection is coming along. Refer to the tick lines marked along the side of the bottle to give us an estimate as to how many insects you have collected so far as well as how the weather has/will be for your area. If the insects fall below the first tick line, please try to do a rough count of the specimens if possible.
Please feel free to blog about your collection volume in order to share your findings with students from across Canada. You may also tweet/blog pictures of your collection bottle @SMTP_Canada. Comments are enabled on our blog so that you will be able to respond to other school’s posts!
Great work so far & happy collecting!
The School Malaise Trap Program Team
Hello #bioSMTP participants!
Hello #bioSMTP participants!
We are approaching trap deployment; Sept. 21st is just around the corner! Please remember to set up your trap and have the first collection bottle ready to go on Monday morning (Sept. 21). We encourage you to set up your trap tomorrow so that come Monday morning, all you will have to do is screw in the week 1 bottle and make trap observations (store bottle lid in a place you will remember!).
Report Catch Volume
Recall that we ask you to let us know at the end of the first week how your trap is doing. We will send out another reminder, but please send us an email indicating your catch volume on Friday, Sept. 26th.
Collection Bottle Send-off
Please have your collection bottles and Malaise trap packed and ready to be sent via FedEx on Monday, Oct. 5th. Please arrange a package pick-up time with FedEx for this date. Further details will follow.
Don’t forget to keep up the great blogging work! We encourage you and your class to take a picture with your Malaise trap (#SMTPselfie) once it has been set up as well as tell us about your schoolyard habitats. Please feel free to blog, tweet, or add these pictures/comments to our FaceBook page.
If there are any questions please let us know. We are here to assist you at every step along the way and there will be more reminder emails to come!
School Malaise Trap Program Team
Once again, the School Malaise Trap Program team is continuing one of their favorite program trends…taking a selfie with the Malaise trap! We encourage all classes to participate and post your #SMTPselfie on our blog or tweet at us (@SMTP_Canada). You can also email us your selfie and we will post it on your behalf. Once a class has submitted their selfie, they will be entered into a draw for one of our prizes (yes, you can enter more than one selfie!)! Further contest/prize details to come.
Check out our #SMTPselfie below!
Do want to learn more about DNA Barcoding?
Are you interested in:
- gaining an understanding of DNA-based species identification and discovery?
- reviewing the historical framework for species identification and learning why DNA barcoding presents an advance in the identification of existing species and discovery of new species?
- exploring barcode workflows and applications in food safety, pest and health management, bio-surveillance, habitat monitoring, ecology, and conservation biology and evolution?
- finding out how DNA barcoding can be turned into relevant classroom experience for your students?
BIO and the University of Guelph offer an 8-week online Introduction to DNA Barcoding distance education program. This international course brings together researchers, educators, government regulatory staff, graduate students, forensic staff, lab technicians, and museum collection staff to teach skills in DNA Barcoding and species identification and discovery.
Sign up and be part of a truly international learning experience that requires around 4-6h/week of your time.
Course Dates: June 1 to July 24, 2015. Registration is open until June 5.
Congratulations to the winners, and a big thank you to all who participated! The Life Scanner Kits have been mailed and are on their way to you!
Hello School Malaise Trap Program participants!
We thought you may be interested in seeing a few pictures of one of the Malaise traps participating in BIO’s Global Malaise Trap Program. The following pictures are of a Malaise trap deployed in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
This trap was deployed around the same time that you were collecting in your schoolyards. If you look closely, you can certainly see that the samples collected in this trap are very different from the ones collected in your traps.