The School Malaise Trap Program has provided the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics at the University of Guelph with the unique opportunity to actively engage and inspire youth across North America to become familiar with local biodiversity and the importance of environmental stewardship. Since its inception in 2013, the School Malaise Trap Program has reached over 300 schools, approximately 15,000 students and has collected and sorted nearly 322,000 insect specimens which were caught in the schoolyards of the participating classes.
Much more impressive still are the scientific findings associated with the School Malaise Trap Program. So far, the School Malaise Trap Program team has sequenced over 85,000 arthropod specimens representing over 8,000 individual species! Additionally, over 1,200 of the individual species collected were new to the Barcode of Life Data Systems. This means that we were able to assign DNA barcodes and reference data to these species so that they can be easily identified and accessed by experts from around the world.
Please click on the program to view the results:
|Program||SPRING 2013||FALL 2013||SPRING 2014||FALL 2014||SPRING 2015||FALL 2015||Total|
|Participating Schools (total includes schools which have participated more than once)||60||18||54||58||63||54||307|
|Participating Students (comparison site reach not included)||2,003||659||2,258||2,479||2,302||2,375||12,058|
|Comparison Sites (total includes sites which have participated more than once)||7||3||4||1||5||10||30|
|Species (total does not include species overlap between programs)||1,392||1,493||704||3,402||2,968||3,515||8,119|
|New to BOLD||276||113||20||324||308||247||1,288|