Can a Drop of Water Save a Species? Ocean DNA, part of the Food for Thought Lecture Series
September 20, 2022
As we brace for the coming consequences of human-mediated impacts to Earth’s oceans, our ability to understand the ocean ecosystems in which life thrives is critical to prioritizing conservation actions. Yet our understanding of these ecosystems is largely incomplete. New advances in genomic science can help us fill in the gaps; environmental DNA (eDNA) methods are transforming the way scientists collect and analyze data. Ocean DNA, a founding research project of the museum’s Ocean Initiative will harness the power of our extensive marine collection, advances in genomic and data science technologies, and our scientific expertise to develop a toolkit that can rapidly assess ocean health.
We will develop this toolkit which can be applied to discover new species, detect invasive species, monitor change, assess the effectiveness of marine reserves and management practices, and inform priorities for conservation.
Chris Meyer, Curator of Mollusks in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology at the National Museum of Natural History will discuss environmental DNA (eDNA), a cutting-edge genomic tool poised to radically enhance global ocean health intelligence, transform our understanding of the ocean ecosystem, and enable better conservation planning.
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