DNA Barcoding a College Campus Arboretum

Authors: Tamara Biegas*, Harford Community College, Tami Imbierowicz, Harford Community College, Jaclyn Madden, Harford Community College
Topics: Biogeography, Environmental Science, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Biogeography, GIS, Environmental Science, Geographic Education,
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Students identified and mapped the location of different species of plants and trees on the Harford Community College (HCC) campus to create an arboretum. Students from General Biology I and II and Geography students were a part of this project. General biology students collected specimens from the campus and forests and record their locations using GPS coordinates. Geography students also mapped tree locations utilizing GPS. General biology students extracted DNA from the samples collected, and sequenced them. These DNA sequences were compared to a database of known species sequence to properly identify them. This project benefits students by allowing them to perform research outside of the classroom and increases student engagement. The project also supports HCCs sustainability initiatives by using the campus as an outdoor classroom. Having an arboretum on campus can be used by the general community interesting in biodiversity.

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