Current Research

Beth Shapiro and her team are improving the technical efficiency of DNA extraction from poorly preserved organismal remains to link ancient genotypes to ancient phenotypes through the analysis of paleogenomic data. In collaboration with Robert Wayne, PhD, Shapiro co-created a program called Environmental DNA for Science Investigation and Education (eSIE), which gets a broad undergraduate constituency involved in field sampling environmental DNA by leveraging social media, smart phone apps, field trips, and short educational videos. The program also includes a multidisciplinary curriculum, authentic research experiences, and career guidance with the aim of improving scientific literacy and recruiting diverse students.

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