Monitoring freshwater fish communities using environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding

Speaker: Jonas Bylemans

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

Current monitoring methods for fish communities are often costly, labour intensive, selective, require high taxonomic expertise and are biased towards species at high to moderate densities. Recent technological advancements, however, now allow us to determine entire species communities from the DNA fragments they leave behind in the environment (i.e. eDNA metabarcoding). The main aim of this research project is to examine the potential of different DNA fragments for environmental DNA (eDNA) barcoding studies and develop an eDNA metabarcoding methodology for efficient and reliable monitoring of the freshwater fish communities within the Murray-Darling Basin.

About Jonas

Jonas has obtained his Bachelor and Master of Science in Biology at the University of Leuven (Belgium). During his Master thesis he combined his interest in fish ecology with genetics and genomics. Currently, Jonas is a PhD student at the Institute for Applied Ecology and has a strong interest into applying genetic tools to improve the management of our natural resources.