Project: Environmental DNA

Environmental DNA (eDNA) uses a small seawater sample to simultaneously monitor the abundance of fishes, invertebrates and marine mammals without seeing or capturing them.

More and more, natural and anthropogenic pressures are impacting marine ecosystem health over large scales—both spatial and temporal. The eDNA project aims to develop a faster, cheaper and more sensitive approach for measuring how these impacts may change biological baselines and initiate shifts in community composition and diversity over time. Developing eDNA techniques allows for streamlined sampling of species and ecosystems worldwide, putting the evidence on the table for the relevant agencies, parties and the public to consider for more informed and transparent decision-making.

Center for Ocean Solutions eDNA Team:
Project Leads: Larry Crowder (science director), Becca Martone (ecosystem health program lead)
Early Career Fellows: Jesse Port (early career fellow)

A crew launches multiple instruments to take ocean measurements and collect water samples for the eDNA project.  Photo Credit: Jesse Port.