CSEB members can assist in research – using eDNA in aquatic biomonitoring

Here is an invitation to participate in a research survey that was sent to our Atlantic Director, Patrick Stewart. If you have something to contribute to this topic, please consider participating in this survey…..

Dear Patrick,

I’m an MSc student in Environmental Sustainability at University College Dublin and I’m conducting my thesis on which environmental DNA tools are in use, how long each tool has been used, and if any barriers exist between publication and implementation in practice.

As the contact for the Atlantic Region for the CSEB, would you please distribute the following to your network via email and/or through social media? Additionally, would you mind if I re-contacted you for any questions that may be added to the survey in the future?

Please reply to this email if you have any questions or would like more information about the study. Thank you for your assistance and time!


Courtney Collins



We are conducting a research study on the availability, barriers, and usage of environmental DNA tools for aquatic biomonitoring. Environmental DNA can be used to monitor aquatic species in place of more time, cost, and resource-intensive options. These techniques can also monitor rare species that may be difficult to monitor using traditional, non-genetic-based approaches. While there are a variety of environmental DNA tools that have been tested and published by researchers, these are not always used outside of research. This study will focus on a comparison between Canada and Sweden.

If you are interested in participating, please complete this short survey that will help us assess environmental DNA techniques for aquatic biomonitoring. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete: https://forms.gle/YvHbUyvd3L4e5yka6.

Your participation is voluntary, and you are under no obligation to complete the survey. Your responses will be completely confidential and anonymous. Responses will be analysed in aggregate and at no time will individual responses be made available to anyone. Compiled results of this survey may also be presented in peer-reviewed publications and scientific presentations. This survey has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at University College Dublin.

Thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at courtney.collins1@ucdconnect.ie.


Courtney Collins

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