The Trip to the University of Florida

Students from Niceville High School's NaGISA program traveled to the University of Florida to work with Dr. Gustav Pauley and learn about the DNA Bar-coding procedure he uses. “DNA bar-coding” is a way to identify species. Bar-coding uses a very short genetic sequence from a standard part of the genome the way a supermarket scanner distinguishes products using the black stripes of the Universal Product Code. Two items may look very similar to the untrained eye, but in both cases the barcodes are distinct.

Unidentified crustaceans

Working together to identify organisms

Dr. Gustav Pauley

Using a dichotomous key to identify organisms

DNA Barcoding

Preserving fauna


Learning PCR

Identifying echinoderms

Identifying echinoderms