Citizen science is the endeavour for public participation in science. It is a brilliant way for non-professionals to experience the wonders of science and connect with the natural world. eDNA has proven to be an innovative citizen science tool. We have designed eDNA sampling methods to be simple enough for the non-expert to implement, meaning community members can undertake it themselves. EnviroDNA has successfully collaborated with a number of groups to undertake small and large citizen science projects.
Value for people and science
Citizen science helps to facilitate research that can inform environmental management decisions. These projects also have a direct positive impact for citizen scientists as they experience unique learning opportunities and feel empowered to see their efforts improve environmental outcomes.
National Landcare Program
Farm dams typically exist for productivity benefits, but what if we explored the role they can also play to support wildlife in agricultural landscapes?
Members of Jindivick and Neerim District Landcare including some forward thinking farm dam owners, are leading the way, with the first Environmental DNA biodiversity assessment of farm dams undertaken in Australia.
With special thanks to the National Landcare Program for funding this important and innovative citizen science project, watch the video or download the report to learn more!
Platypus are one of the most unusual and recognisable animals in the world, however they are vulnerable to both natural and human-induced threats. Learn how Melbourne Water along with EnviroDNA have leveraged this unique species to enable citizen scientists to connect with their local waterways.