Testing Ohio’s Surface Waters Using Aquatic Environmental DNA
Non-Invasive Detection and Identification of Eastern Hellbender in Ohio Surface Waters Using Aquatic Environmental DNA (Phase 2)
Date: March 17, 2021
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am (ET)
Researchers: David Wendell, (University of Cincinnati)
Environmental DNA (eDNA) is genetic material found in the environment. Just as forensic science uses DNA to identify suspected criminals, eDNA is used to identify animal or plant species. When used in aquatic settings, eDNA can offer information into which species are present, the quantity of individual species, and the distribution of animals throughout the body of water. This method serves as an effective way to detect hellbenders.
The central objectives for this project included:
- developing genetic testing protocols that are specific for Ohio hellbender
- establishing sampling procedures for the collection of hellbender eDNA
- assessing the impact that different stream conditions have on detectability
This presentation will cover project objectives and background.
HOW TO ATTEND
The Research results presentation is open for webinar participation. There is no fee to participate; however, registration is required by 3:00 pm on Monday, March 8, 2021.
Once you register, you will receive an email from Go-To-Webinar confirming your registration with meeting information. Certificates of attendance will be sent from the LTAP Office 5 to 7 business days after the presentation. If you have any questions please contact the ODOT Research Section.