Citizen Science

Become a Citizen Scientist and contribute to the global understanding of biodiversity with the NatureMetrics eDNA Discovery Lab.

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At NatureMetrics, we’re passionate about the advancement of knowledge and the accessibility of science, which is why we created the NatureMetrics eDNA Discovery Lab. Whether you’re a school group or a grandparent, a corporate organisation or a community project- when you engage in citizen science you are supporting our natural world and educating through action.

The eDNA Discovery lab helps you reveal the diverse wildlife present in or around a waterbody by collecting an environmental DNA (eDNA) sample with the eDNA Discovery Kit. With every sample that you collect, it’s not only you that’s learning. You’re part of the building blocks for scientific understanding of nature too.

Let’s join together to discover biodiversity today and create a bigger picture that we’re proud of.

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The power of citizen science lies in its ability to mobilise large numbers of nature enthusiasts to answer some of the big scientific questions of our time.

The eDNA Discovery Lab

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We created the eDNA Discovery Lab to make cutting-edge science accessible to anyone who wants to sample their local biodiversity. Anyone can become a Citizen Scientist with the eDNA Discovery Lab. We’ve created something for the whole family, children and adults alike, from community groups to gardeners, and teachers to anglers and conservationists. Whoever you are, and whatever your interests, join the quest for discovery today.

We can work with a variety of industries to create Citizen Science projects that engage stakeholders. Sampling eDNA is a fantastic way of involving your teams on the ground, whether it be team-building or through an educational outreach programme. This can provide hands-on education about the eDNA work you are doing in an area, or can act as a stand-alone citizen science project that allows participants to feel ownership over a gold-standard of biodiversity monitoring that we are all working towards.

Every eDNA Discovery Lab produces real biodiversity data and contributes to the global knowledge of biodiversity.

How does the eDNA Discovery Lab work?

You will receive an easy-to-use NatureMetrics eDNA Discovery Lab containing all you need to collect an eDNA sample and discover the biodiversity present at a waterbody of your choosing. The kit has step-by-step instructions on how to get started.

You can detect, monitor, and help us protect wildlife by collecting scientific data with the eDNA Discovery Lab. Simply collect a water sample, filter it using the eDNA filter, and send your eDNA sample to our labs, and we will tell you which animals you have discovered in your sample.

Step 1: Collect eDNA

1. COLLECT

Step 2: Filter eDNA

2. FILTER

Step 3: Send

3. SEND

Projects

The NatureMetrics eDNA Discovery Lab is a great way to enhance or get started with Citizen Science. Get the whole family, community, or team involved in monitoring the biodiversity at lakes, rivers or streams near you.

If you’d like to be involved in Citizen Science but don’t know where to start then there are a number of established projects out there that you can be a part of, such as the 1000 rivers project. The great news is that Citizen Science projects are happening all the time! Whether you join a project that’s already ongoing or start your own, there are many ways you can get involved with Citizen Science.

MozamSeq

Explore how the local people of Mozambique are leveraging the power of environmental DNA sampling and analyses to set a baseline of local biodiversity and build initial reference databases for local animal groups.

Visit the MozamSeq webpage

1,000 rivers

This incredible project is allowing us to build one of the most comprehensive datasets seen on estuarine and riverine fish communities. Not only that, but it is enabling us to screen for the presence of invasive species that pose a significant threat to native ecosystems, such as the pink salmon.

See how you can get involved, visit the 1,000 rivers website or contact us at 1000rivers@naturemetrics.co.uk

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Start discovering today with the eDNA Discovery Lab

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