Registration: Zoom

When: FEBRUARY 3rd 2023

Time: 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM EST

Hosts (on behalf of the ES WG):

Ana Sofia Vaz (Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, University of Porto, Portugal)

Nuria Pistón (Ecology department, University of Granada, Granada, Spain)

 

Speakers: 

  • Karen Dyson (Dendrolytics, Seattle, USA and Spatial Informatics Group, Pleasanton, California)
  • Zacchaeus Compson (Advanced Environmental Research Institute, University of North Texas, Denton, USA)
  • Paul Henning Krogh (Faculty of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark)
  • João Silva Rodrigues (SGS Global Biosciences Center, Lisbon, Portugal)

 

Abstract: eDNA (environmental DNA) is a term often used to describe DNA that is present in the environment, such as in water or soil samples. It can come from a variety of sources, including shed cells, excrement, or other biological material. The use of eDNA in biodiversity and ecosystem services research has become increasingly popular in recent years as a way to non-invasively survey and monitor populations of organisms. The advantages of eDNA include cost-effectiveness and the ability to detect a wide range of species in a single sample. Yet, the use of eDNA to connect to ecosystem services and functioning has been less explored. Also, it is important to keep in mind that eDNA is not a panacea and has its own limitations as well. This webinar will address the potential role of eDNA and related techniques to address biodiversity and ecosystem services, expanding on the opportunities as well as on the caveats of this emergent technique. The webinar is organized by the Ecosystem Services Working Group with support from the GEO BON Secretariat.

 

Agenda:

Time (ET) Topic Speaker Affiliation
11:30-11:35

Welcome

Ana Sofia Vaz Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, University of Porto, Portugal
11:45-11:50

Soil sample based eDNA as a monitoring approach

Karen Dyson Dendrolytics, Seattle, USA and Spatial Informatics Group, Pleasanton, California
11:40-11:45

eDNA as a bioassessment tool for local stakeholders

Zacchaeus Compson Advanced Environmental Research Institute, University of North Texas, Denton, USA
11:45-11:50

Soil eDNA for biodiversity assessment and soil ecosystem services

Paul Henning Krogh Faculty of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
11:50-11:55

eDNA monitoring in support of the business sector

João Silva Rodrigues SGS Global Biosciences Center, Lisbon, Portugal
11:55-12:10 Discussion
12:10-12:15 Wrap-up Nuria Pistón Ecology department, University of Granada, Granada, Spain

 

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