Improving eDNA detection probabilities for monitoring aquatic invasive species, by Rheyda Hinlo

Speaker: Rheyda Hinlo

Location: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in Building 6, Level C, Room 12

The sensitivity and specificity of the eDNA–based monitoring approach, coupled with its potential utility to estimate population density or biomass, makes it an extremely powerful tool in conservation biology. Despite the rising interest in utilising eDNA and its potential application to many areas of wildlife research, there are a number of factors that can impact upon eDNA detection and many are poorly understood. This research investigates the factors affecting eDNA detection in order to develop a robust eDNA detection framework that will aid in the applicability and adoption of eDNA as a standard tool in monitoring species.

About Rheyda

Rheyda is currently a PhD student at the Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra. Her main interest is in the application of science to biodiversity conservation. Her previous work experience in the environmental field is varied – ranging from captive management and reintroduction of raptors, conservation genetics, grant performance and analysis and invasive species management. She holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of the Philippines and a Master of Science in Conservation Biology from Massey University, New Zealand. She is also a current member of the IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group.