The potential of DNA methodology in new monitoring programs of alien species
DNA-based methods of species identification are currently changing our way to monitor biodiversity. In this talk, Erland Lettevall and Marina Panova will give an introduction to the technique and discuss its pros and cons compared to the traditional methods. They will further discuss what is needed before we can fully explore the potential of DNA in environmental monitoring, and how researchers and authorities can collaborate to achieve this together.
About the Speakers
Erland Lettevall is a senior analyst from the Department of Environmental Monitoring at the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM). He is responsible for the national monitoring programs on aquatic non-indigenous species and a delegate in the scientific forum on invasiva alien species of the EU Commissions. He also works with monitoring of anthropogenic pressure on the marine environment caused by underwater noise as well as physical exploration activities and constructions.
Marina Panova is a researcher at the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Gothenburg. She works on development and evaluation of eDNA methods for environmental monitoring, for example detection of invasive species or DNA-based surveys of biodiversity. She is a member of SWEDNA - Swedish eDNA lab at the University of Gothenburg.
About Sea and Society Talks
Sea and Society Talks is a lunch seminar series organized by Centre for Sea and Society focusing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The seminars link goal 14 "Life below water" with the other 16 goals.
Link to webinar
Link to zoom webinar will be sent out after registration.