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Thursday: Spring Seminar with Ryan Kelly

Please join SAFS on Thursday for a seminar with Dr. Ryan Kelly, Assistant Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs Environmental

DNA and its potential for species- and ecosystem-level monitoring

Thursday, May 29, 2014
4:00-5:00 PM, social follows
UW School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, 102 Fishery Sciences
1122 NE Boat St, Seattle, Washington (map)

More Info: 206-543-4270; safsdesk@u.washington.edu

Abstract
The ocean is a soup of its resident species\’ genetic material, cast off in the forms of metabolic waste, shed skin cells, or damaged tissue. Sampling this environmental DNA (eDNA) is a potentially powerful means of assessing whole biological communities, a significant advance over the manual methods of environmental sampling that have historically dominated marine ecology and related fields. In this presentation, I will discuss recent results and survey the landscape of eDNA techniques with respect to species- and community-level monitoring, concluding that eDNA has substantial potential to become a core tool for environmental monitoring, but that a variety of challenges remain before reliable quantitative assessments of ecological communities in the field become possible.

More information may be available on the 2014 Spring Seminar page.

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