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)
Location: Go-To-Webinar


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:

This presentation will cover project objectives and background.


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.

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