Emily McColl-Gausden - 'Environmental DNA sampling as a tool for monitoring freshwater vertebrates ' - PhD Confirmation Seminar
Monitoring species across their distribution is important to ensure changes in populations or distributions are detected. However, landscape level data can be prohibitively time consuming and costly to collect. Species detection using environmental DNA sampling is an emerging technology that could facilitate data collection over large spatial scales. This PhD aims to address some key methodological knowledge gaps in eDNA research by investigating how eDNA is transported in lotic systems, by comparing the sensitivity of single- and multi-species eDNA detection methods, and by investigating how the volume of water processed can impact the detectability of species. The potential for landscape level eDNA sampling will then be demonstrated across south-eastern Australia using platypuses and fishes as case studies.
Supervisors: Reid Tingley, Andrew Weeks