NSF Mammalian Evolution Project
In this initiative, students will conduct hands-on research studying the genetics and evolution of mammals. This work will include DNA extraction, PCR amplification, and sequencing of around 30 gene segments for 2-3 mammals. Students will learn how to trim sequences, blast databases, align sequences, and reconstruct phylogenetic trees. The sequence data will be combined with fossil characters to understand how mammals diversified after the extinction of the dinosaurs. The program will include the chance to visit museums, zoos, and paleontological sites in New Mexico.
The program will be held on Mondays from 4:30PM – 6:30PM.
Transportation from the students’ school to The Citizen Science Lab- South Hills will be provided for those that need it.
All participants will be provided dinner from 6:00PM – 6:30PM.