Donate your cockroaches to science

cockroachThis Rockefeller University science initiative to genetically sequence the American Cockroach clearly has the potential of drumming up business for the U.S. Postal service, as the student researcher wants samples. Sent to him by mail.

See advert below.

Through DNA Barcoding, which is a genetic technique used to identify a specific species, researchers at The Rockefeller University hope to answer questions about the American cockroach, and unlock secrets of natural selection and evolution.

High school student researcher eagerly seeks cockroach specimens

In collaboration with the Kronauer Laboratory for Insect Social Evolution and the Program for the Human Environment, a high school student is eagerly seeking (dead) cockroach specimens from any location in or around NYC and from other US cities. We are particularly interested in the large “waterbug” officially known as American cockroach (Periplaneta americana). Specimens will be analyzed by DNA barcoding to look for genetic variation including possible cryptic species.

Any specimen in any condition will be welcomed (squished or broken is OK). Contributors will be acknowledged on our website, unless you wish to remain anonymous. Please include collection date and location such as a street address or building.

Please send any inquiries via email to Mark Stoeckle ( or phone (cell 646 385-3395).

You can mail your contribution to this citizen science project to:

Mark Stoeckle

Program for the Human Environment

The Rockefeller University

1230 York Avenue

New York, NY 10065


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