New York City's Community Biolab
Projects > Alaska Barcoding Project
Collaborators: Ellen D. Jorgensen, Ph.D.
DNA barcoding is a new way to develop taxonomies and distinguish between species that look alike but may not be closely related evolutionarily. It also can be used to identify the components of scat or mixtures of organisms. Since it is such a new science, most species on earth have not yet been barcoded. Dr. Ellen Jorgensen fell in love with Alaska ten years ago, particularly the area of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. She immediately bought land and, with several patient friends, built a cabin on her property using logs from trees they felled and peeled. This summer she collected numerous specimens for barcoding, and hopes to process them at Genspace and add to the Alaskan barcode knowledge base.