By contracting taxonomic skills and identification service from FlyEvidence, it enables ecological surveys to accept contracts for taxa that may not have previously been considered due to lack of expertise. This directly broadens the scope of ecological assessment.
Furthermore, FlyEvidence can assist in reducing the burden of bulk samples that are often the result of survey work, especially where knowledge is peripheral to the staff employed for sorting.
Through the Omni digital photo-microscope that FlyEvidence uses, we provide high quality images for reports, advertising, and species catalogues (these help train para-taxonomists in the skills needed to process bulk samples).
Please contact FlyEvidence to discuss potential synergy between FlyEvidence and your company
Through prior experience FlyEvidence has found that there are two options for contracting services. On top of the £35 per hour rate for services:
Option 1: Sample rate
Per species (or taxon) encountered £50
Per sample £5
This option most suits large ecological surveys, with mixed sample tubes containing an unknown number of species.
It is preferable to 'clean' the samples prior to contracting FlyEvidence, so that all vegetative materials and debris are removed only the taxa requiring analysis are included. This saves FlyEvidence time and ultimately costs less per contract.
Co-Authorship in publications arising from the research are welcome, but at this rate, is not required; acknowledgement of contracted work is required please.
Option 2: Specimen rate
Per species (or taxon) encountered £5
Per specimen identified £2
This option most suits small projects with relatively few specimens (approx. < 50), where a perception of the number of species is known by prior sorting.
It is an ideal rate for student dissertation work where species require confirmation, but is nonetheless also available to larger ecological surveys and research projects where a degree of sorting can be undertaken prior to contracting Flyevidence.