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2018-19 Symposium

Thanks to all of the teams who submitted proposals, performed experiments, and presented project results at the poster sessions held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on June 4, 2019. In addition to traditional DNA barcoding and microbiome projects, environmental DNA (eDNA) projects were introduced this year, allowing teams to study the species and approximate abundance of fish in local habitats from mixed water samples.

At a glance:
208 students
22 teacher mentors
25 high schools

79 DNA barcoding & metabarcoding projects:

  • 75% animals
  • 11% metabarcoding
  • 5% plants
  • 4% algae
  • 4% fungi
  • 1% lichens
>1200 sequences obtained

Keynote Address

The Interplay Between Diet and Microbiome in Cancer Risk

Semir Beyaz, Ph.D.
CSHL Fellow and Donaldson Translational Fellow
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

2017-18 Symposium

Thanks to all of the teams who submitted proposals, performed experiments, and presented project results at the poster sessions held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on June 5, 2018. This year the program expanded to include metabarcoding; student teams determined barcode sequences for microbes in a mixed sample to assess ecosystem response to environmental variables.

At a glance:
382 students
44 teacher mentors
39 high schools

133 DNA barcoding & microbiome projects:

  • 83.5% animals
  • 3.8% algae
  • 3.0% plants
  • 1.5% fungi
  • 0.8% lichens
>1600 sequences obtained

Keynote Address

DNA Barcoding as a Tool for Conservation Biology

George Amato, Ph.D.
Director of Conservation Genomics
Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics
American Museum of Natural History

2016-17 Symposium

Thanks to all of the teams who submitted proposals, performed experiments, and presented project results at the poster sessions held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on June 7, 2017. This year the program expanded to include metabarcoding; student teams determined barcode sequences for microbes in a mixed sample to assess ecosystem response to environmental variables.

At a glance:
312 students
33 teacher mentors
30 high schools

85 BLI projects:
>1400 sequences obtained

  • 72% animals
  • 18% plants
  • 7% algae
  • 2% fungi
  • 1% lichens

21 microbiome projects:
11 billion nucleotides of microbial sequence

  • 24% vectors for disease
  • 19% soil
  • 19% terrestrial invertebrates
  • 19% water
  • 9% plants
  • 5% aquatic macroinvertebrates
  • 5% biofouling

Keynote Address

Metabolic Insights from Species Diversity through DNA Barcoding

Jeremy Seto, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
New York City College of Technology
The City University of New York

2015-16 Symposium

Thanks to all of the teams who submitted proposals, performed experiments, and presented project results at the poster sessions held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on June 10, 2016.

At a glance:
327 students
35 teacher mentors
30 high schools

113 projects:

  • 52% plants
  • 37% animals
  • 6% fungi
  • 4% lichens
  • 1% other

>1700 samples collected
>2000 sequences obtained

Welcome & Keynote Address

A Life in Science and Nature

Mark Stoeckle, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
Program for the Human Environment
The Rockefeller University

[00:00] Welcome: Sharon Pepenella
[04:50] Keynote address

2014-15 Symposium

Thanks to all of the teams who submitted proposals, performed experiments, and presented project results at the poster sessions held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center on June 5, 2015.

At a glance:
24 participating teams
61 students
13 high schools

  • 50% plants
  • 33% animals
  • 13% lichens
  • 4% fungi

Students collected and analyzed an average of 20 samples per team