Wallace Coffee Talks - Spring 2018
19 April 2018 - 1pm - Zoology Museum
eDNA as a conservation tool: from crayfish to cetaceans
Environmental DNA (eDNA) is increasingly being utilised as tool for detecting and monitoring a range of species in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are difficult to locate when at low abundances, however eDNA has proven to be an effective technique for enabling early detection of target species. eDNA has the scope to be applied for non-invasive genetic sampling of populations of large mammals such as cetaceans, to inform management for effective conservation strategies.
Matt Perkins (Swansea University, UK)
Materials and ecology of marine infrastructure
Marine infrastructure presents novel habitats within coastal ecosystems, comprising hard substrate of non-local origin (concretes, rocks, metals). My research aims to test the ‘ecological performance’ of such materials by examining settlement communities, in order to make recommendations upon the ecological impacts and opportunities such materials present. As a new member of the department, in this talk I will also briefly describe some of my past work as a community ecologist using stable isotopes to examine food web structure.