Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Chris Barton recently presented in the Scholarship of Teaching Learning section at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists in Chattanooga. His presentation, “Using DNA Barcoding to Supplement Classical Taxonomic Methods in an Undergraduate Curriculum,” focused on the use of DNA barcoding, a molecular assay that uses DNA sequencing as a means to characterize plant and animal specimens that are otherwise difficult to identify. He also highlighted ways this technique can be incorporated into undergraduate science courses and research programs.
The Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB)is the largest scientific professional organization in the southeastern U. S. with approximately 1400 members from 220 academic and 60 non-academic institutions. ASB’s mission is to promote biology through research and education and is supported each spring with an annual meeting where faculty and students (both graduates and undergraduates) present research in a friendly and collegial environment.