It’s our pleasure to announce the official opening of Barcode Long Island 2021-22! We look forward to your participation this year.
We are extremely grateful to have been funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), since the inception of Barcode Long Island(BLI). As many of you know, the funding for BLI has concluded; however, we plan to continue to support as many BLI projects as possible. Please see additional information below.
There will be a one-day BLI wet lab training on Election Day–Tuesday, November 2, 2021 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. Teachers interested in becoming mentors for BLI as well as trained mentors interested in a program refresher are encouraged to attend. Collection recommendations, sample documentation, Chelex DNA isolation techniques, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and program implementation will be covered. A virtual DNA Subway training will be scheduled for a later date. Please email email@example.com if you are interested in attending (a registration page will be posted to the website shortly).
This year’s campaign options are listed below. Through campaigns, multiple student teams collect species from select groups of organisms at different locations so the pooled results reveal the diversity and distribution of these taxa across Long Island. Participation in a campaign also streamlines the proposal process for teams.
This year’s campaigns include:
For participants in an ant or mosquito campaigns.
A streamlined campaign proposal form is available under the BLI section of the Resources tab. Completed proposal forms will be uploaded by the mentor on the proposal database for each team participating in a campaign, in place of a full proposal. Campaign forms must contain all requested information, and will be reviewed by BLI staff for content, accuracy, and clarity. Campaign projects must still include an abstract as well as a hypothesis and/or specific plan for collecting diverse or difficult to obtain specimens.
Teams submitting a full proposal are encouraged to collect small organisms (smaller than 10 mm) and those that cannot be easily identified using taxonomic keys. This recommendation is aimed at increasing the likelihood that students will find informative sequences, adding to the scientific knowledge of biodiversity on Long Island. Examples: small round or flat worms (not earth worms), small arthropods, fungi, moss, etc., all of which are poorly characterized, often very diverse, and difficult to identify. Teams or schools with established collection sites are encouraged to continue collection at these sites if they aim to collect a time series of biodiversity at these locations.
Full proposals should include an extensive literature search to aid with the development of project ideas, as reflected in their project proposals. We encourage the incorporation of “metadata” collection (such as pH, ground/water temperature, contaminant levels, etc., if possible) into proposals as many teams have done in previous years.
Please avoid projects focused on the collection of the same species (DNA barcoding is used for species identification) as well as clams, crabs, oysters, snails, and Phragmites, due to their limited diversity, exhaustive previous documentation, and/or ease of taxonomic identification. Students who choose a terrestrial plant project will also need to specify why none of the above conditions are met for their proposed samples. Examples of acceptable terrestrial plant proposals: a team works with a conservation group at a park to barcode plants that are difficult to identify for trained professionals; or, a team finds resources that indicate a particular group of plants (ex: ferns) are highly diverse yet not well studied across Long Island. If students feel they have a good reason to barcode a group of organisms listed in the exceptions, please contact us.
To create a team and submit a proposal, mentors will need to log in to the DNA Barcoding Project Portal. New mentors will need to register to create a user name and password for the portal. Please register with the same email you used to sign up for a summer training workshop.
Student proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis, but as in previous years we are providing multiple submission dates to help organize teams. The proposal review usually takes 1-2 weeks, though campaign project review may be expedited. The FINAL deadline for initial submission will be Tuesday, December 14, 2021. There will be no exceptions.
BLI guidelines for participation can be found under the BLI section of Resources. Please review your students' proposals to ensure their proposed research meets our guidelines, includes appropriate references to the literature (as needed), and meets your writing standards before submission.
Options for BLI Symposium dates are being determined. Stay tuned!
We look forward to another exciting year of DNA barcoding!