NYC/NJ Aquatic Vertebrate Environmental DNA (eDNA) Project
Together with Monmouth University, we hosted the first National Conference on Marine Environmental DNA, November 29-30, 2018. The Conference included approximately 100 American ocean scientists and associated stakeholders, including representatives from academe, federal, state, and local governments, non-governmental organizations concerned with marine environment, and the private sector. The strong sense of the meeting was “eDNA works–let’s get going.” The Conference Final Report and press release summarize the meeting and outline concrete steps forward.
Sparked by the meeting, an article in National Geographic online nicely captures the excitement around marine eDNA.
Marine environmental DNA (eDNA) offers a relatively low-cost, harmless tool for tracking presence and abundance of marine animals in space and time.
Marine eDNA will help monitor impacts of human activities and natural events in our changing oceans, and aid research and exploration in ocean, estuary, and coastal habitats.
eDNA finds NYC’s year-round resident and seasonal visitor fishes (high-res file)
Bay fish eDNA in bay, ocean fish eDNA in ocean (high-res file)
eDNA sees seasonal sharks and rays, dolphins and whales (high-res file)
Probable wastewater fish eDNAs in New York Harbor
More eDNA: Coney Island, Martha’s Vineyard, Sea of Galilee
Contact: Mark Stoeckle email@example.com Site updated November 2018
More aquatic eDNA projects
Stoeckle MY, Mishu M, Charlop-Powers Z. GoFish: a versatile strategy for nested PCR environmental DNA assays for marine vertebrates. PLOS ONE 2018:e0198717.
Stoeckle MY. Fishing for DNA: free-floating eDNA identifies presence and abundance of ocean life. The Conversation, April 12, 2017.
Stoeckle MY, Soboleva L, Charlop-Powers Z. Aquatic environmental DNA detects seasonal fish abundance and habitat preference in an urban estuary. PLOS ONE 2017: e0175186 link to open access article