Biocode on TNTV

The local TV channel TNTV presented Moorea Biocode marine and terrestrial activities during the TV news, at a high audience time-slot .Biocode members became instantly local stars! And TNTV found the program so exciting that they are now working on a 52 minutes documentary!





Snow shuts down Biocode

"Snowmaggedon" hit Washington DC this last month with two consecutive snowstorms bringing record snowfall to the region. Over a meter of snow fell on the city and closed government facilities for over a week. This included the Smithsonian's LAB facility where the DNA samples are analyzed and DNA barcodes are created. We lost two weeks of productivity because of it, but are back in business cranking out data now. Lots to make up for.


A cubic foot of reef

For the February 2010 issue of National Geographic magazine, photographer David Liittschwager crafted a one-foot-square metal cube and placed itin a range of ecosystems-land and water, tropical and temperate,freshwater and marine. Over several weeks at each location,Liittschwager and a team of biologists found, identified, and photographed creatures that passed through the cube. David wanted to a cubic foot of a coral reef,  so he joined the Biocode team in June 2008 and placed his metal cube on the reef at Temae.

The Beagle is back to Tahiti

A TV team from the Netherlands has reproduced the Beagle ship and they travel all around the world this year on the tracks of Charles Darwin and meet scientists everywhere Darwin stopped during his trip. They aim to show how Darwin influenced his time and how his theories are still tested and confirmed 200 years later.

Vetea in DC

Vetea, from the Moorea Biocode team, left the island to join the Smithonian Biocode team in Washington DC. He will work on DNA sequencing and trouble shooting for 2 months. We hope that the thermal shock is not too rough!

Tetiaroa expedition (by Maya DeVries)

BioCode collectors traveled to the Tetiaroa Atoll to conduct a preliminary survey of the atoll’s biodiversity.  The majority of the collectors were undergraduates from UC Berkeley’s tropical biology course.  The students worked to achieve two main goals.  First, they collected as many animals in the lagoon and on land as they possibly could, so that they could later identify the animals and compare them to Mo'orea’s fauna back at the BioCode lab.

Meeting the Alis (by Seabird McKeon)

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