What's in store for 2019
Thanks to the data that you have submitted over the past nineteen months, EchidnaCSI now has a lot of information to analyse.
Through EchidnaCSI we have more sightings of echidnas collected in a single year than has been collected over the past ten years by more conventional methods - this is extremely exciting! We are now in the process of analysing this data to find out more about echidnas' habitat preferences and distribution patterns. We will also be looking into what the most dangerous roads are for echidna roadkill and how we can better protect them.
Diet and gut health:
With the abundance of echidna scats being sent through, we are looking at the DNA within the scats to identify what insects echidnas are eating and how healthy their gut microbiome is. DNA has been extracted from many of the scats already and we expect data to be available within the next couple of months!
We also want to learn more about you! In the coming months, we will be releasing a survey to learn more about how and why users engage in EchidnaCSI to help us understand the impact EchidnaCSI has had on the Australian community and inform us on what changes we can make to the project in the future. We hope to get as many responses as possible, so keep an eye out for future emails.
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