Join our platform as a collaborating scientist or laboratory.

We're developing a collaborative platform to bring together sample collectors, sequencers, bioinformaticists and biobankers for maximum impact in addressing biodiversity loss. Stay tuned for a more streamlined and efficient approach to forming and funding collaborative teams working on biodiversity conservation.

If you are a scientist within your community, you may find relevant information on the "Engage as an Indigenous or local community members" page

Discover how we work to overcome traditional limitations in project planning.

1. Fieldwork

The Wise Ancestors team operates in close collaboration with local conservation scientists, local environmental agencies, NGOs, and Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities to gain a profound understanding of the unique relationships between the local peoples and the endangered species that reside in their habitat. After achieving this initial step, the team formulates a Conservation Challenge to effectively address an agreed upon biodiversity issue. In addition to the scientific work for the species, each project includes support for local projects working to ensure the conservation of those species and the invaluable ecosystems where they reside.  

2. Harnessing collective efforts and resources via our platform

The Wise Ancestors team proudly presents our collaborative platform where we publish Conservation Challenges. On this platform, dedicated scientists have the opportunity to apply and work on these Challenges and to be compensated for their valuable contributions. Our platform addresses a wide range of needs, including sequencing and biobanking, following specific strategies and standards established by the Wise Ancestors team and the global conservation genomics community. Together, we are forging a path towards a more sustainable and biodiverse future.

3. Centralizing the data and metadata

After each collaborator completes their role in the Challenge, the Wise Ancestors team examines the work and data produced. If the final work and data quality align with the standards specified in the Conservation Challenge, our default process is to upload the data to a database under the International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration and the metadata to the BioSamples database. In certain cases, sequence data may be stored in an alternate database as deemed appropriate by our Indigenous partners. Links to the data and metadata storage for each Challenge will be centralized on our platform. This methodology enables us to consolidate sequencing data, metadata, and biobanking information, all in one convenient location.

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