Our data will provide more complete species lists, across multiple habitat types throughout California and over different seasons. Land managers, including reserve and park managers, foresters, naturalists, conservationists, land developers, policymakers and scientists will have free access to these results.
To develop a new strategy for understanding biodiversity in a particular area, we will compare the results of our eDNA against species distribution maps obtained from long-term habitat monitoring. To be successful, we'll need to understand how thoroughly and how often we need to sample to build a robust picture of biodiversity in California. The CALeDNA data directly feeds into this goal.
We are also interested in understanding the drivers of establishing communities and how they are maintained. How complex are communities? If microbial species are removed from the soil, do communities disassemble? How do physical or climatic differences, like being next to a road or on a sunny slope, contribute to the composition of a community? Can we define a healthy community for the different ecosystems of California? Once we can answer these questions, we can be much more strategic in how we conserve habitats and biodiversity.