BACKYARD EVOLUTION! The Bergland lab from the Biology Dept


The Bergland lab from the Biology Dept. at the University of Virginia is recruiting Citizen Scientists to participate in an international project to sample and collect small flying insects from your compost pile over the summer, fall, and early winter. Their goal is to characterize the species composition of fruit flies (drosophilids) with a particular focus on the genetic model species, Drosophila melanogaster. They will use these samples to study the migration dynamics of D. melanogaster and study the genetic basis of adaptation across the growing season.

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