We have recently been experimenting with trying to obtain DNA from lizard environmental samples. The initial aim of which is to be able to identify the presence of lizard species based on fecal samples collected in the field. Currently we are using this work to identify the presence of the endangered blunt-nosed leopard lizard in the San Joaquin desert and the coastal range.
Today for first time we generated DNA sequence data from Lizard fecal samples collected in the field. This is no mean feat considering the harsh conditions (including high UV inundation). We hope to build on this success to aid in monitoring and mapping of the species as well as other conservation efforts.