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The San Diego Biodiversity Project is a National Science Foundation-funded project to incorporate authentic research into the biology curriculum at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Students generate novel information - species barcodes - that they will communicate to the larger research community through the Barcode of Life Database.

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We are creating a species inventory for invertebrate animals at the Scripps Coastal Reserve. The San Diego Biodiversity Database contains photos, ecological information, and sequence data for the organisms we have collected so far.

Did You Know?

The Scripps Coastal Reserve is home to more than 200 species of plants
Peregrine falcons nest on the cliffs below the Scripps Coastal Reserve mesa. Peregrine populations suffered from pesticide poisoning in the past, but have made a comeback.
Eucalyptus trees were first planted on what is now the UCSD campus by indigent men as part of a humanitarian jobs project in the early 1900s.
The uplifted ridge in the center of the Scripps Coastal Reserve is an old bunker from WW 2, when the land was used as a military lookout and training ground.


Summer 2013: Undergraduate Research

Summer students will continue to generate barcode data with the gernerous support of the Agouron Institute

June 25-28: ABLE workshop, Calgary, Canada

San Diego Biodiversity Project faculty present a barcoding workshop for the national Association for Biology Laboratory Education meeting

April 26-28: CCURI workshop, Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, Washington

Mandy Butler, Heather Henter, and Stephanie Mel will facilitate a workshop on barcoding for the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative

April 22: Awarded with UCSD Sustainability

The San Diego Biodiversity Project wins UCSD Sustainability Award for "Outstanding Collaboration."

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