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Environmental DNA

Environmental DNA (eDNA) refers to DNA fragments deposited by organisms into the environment through slime, skin/scales, gametes, tissues, and excrement. The ability to capture, quantify, and identify species from these small fragments has opened up new veins of research with direct implications for both ecology and conservation. My current work focuses on utilizing the concentration …

Seascape Genetics

Landscape and seascape genetics use population genetic concepts to explore how abiotic factors (ocean currents, temperature) affect gene flow between populations. Understanding how environmental factors affect gene flow can, in turn, inform the design of protected areas and corridors through which individuals can move. This is especially urgent in extremely fragmented habitats where loss of …

Ecological Niche Modeling

Ecological niche models (ENM) predict the fundamental niche of species based on occurrence points and environmental data. With the development of remote sensing, researchers have access to numerous publicly available environmental databases. Furthermore, public occurrence data is available through numerous databases such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and FishBase. However, these databases should be …