We are excited to share some of our main achievements to date.
The Barcode Galapagos project in numbers:
COVID-19 RESILIENCE: 74 Galapagueños (45% women) employed by the project to contribute to citizen science activities and four additional people employed at a later stage.
LOCAL CAPACITY: Three molecular laboratories (Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, and Isabela) equipped with state-of-the-art sequencing technology to process and produce genetic data locally.
EDUCATION: 55 students (12-17 years old), from local schools attended workshops on molecular biology.
TRAINING: More than 90 hours of training provided in key fieldwork and laboratory topics.
SCIENCE: 150 locations sampled for microbiome and environmental DNA (eDNA) on three islands: Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and Isabela.
SCIENCE: More than 1000 samples collected during 2021 for barcode and metabarcode processing.
GOAL: Our goal is to empower the local community in science and conservation through local capacity building to create a resilient socioeconomic system.