California Environmental DNA
Together, we can help protect California's biodiversity.
Collect, Analyze, and Protect
California has thousands of species found nowhere else in the world, but over 70% of its natural habitat has been lost.
CALeDNA aims to address problems in biodiversity monitoring by pairing volunteer community scientists with University of California researchers to collect soil samples from across California. By analyzing the environmental DNA (eDNA) from the soil samples, we can assess the biodiversity of microbes, fungi, plants and animals.
Open Biodiversity Data for Everyone
We openly share our methods and results to understand the potential of eDNA for conservation.
Anyone can view the field data from our community scientists and the eDNA data from our labs.
Help protect California's biodiversity.Join CALeDNA