Since ever fishers, children, and scientists have dreamed of sampling the oceans’ free-ranging animals without the need to capture or even observe them red-handed. We stand on the beach or a boat and dream of wearing magic goggles that allow us to know the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life.
About 20 years ago, researchers glimpsed the realization of the dream, when they appreciated that animals shed DNA in aquatic environments, and that studies of these genetic fragments, known as environmental or eDNA, might provide the evidence from which we could conjure accurate, timely descriptions of marine life.
In collaboration with Monmouth University, we are exploring the marine waters of New York City and New Jersey with eDNA. Link to our work is here
We are hosting the first National Conference on Environmental DNA
, to be held at Rockefeller on November 29-30, 2018. The conference will help accelerate marine environmental DNA science and applications by bringing together researchers, government agencies, and private foundations.