Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Eagle Hill Institute, 59 Eagle Hill Road , Steuben, Maine
For more information: Jason Wimbiscus; 207-546-2821; eaglehill.us/events-calendar.shtml
Karen James of the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory will discuss how environmental science and conservation rely heavily on the identification of animals, plants and other organisms in the field. Though increasingly important in a world of rapid environmental change, this task is difficult and time-consuming. Moreover, the number of trained taxonomists (experts in identifying species) is dwindling. Karen will explain how DNA-based species identification, or ‘DNA barcoding’, can help extend taxonomic expertise to empower researchers and citizen scientists alike to identify organisms, potentially transforming the scope and scale at which we are able to study and conserve the natural world.