Research

Leveraging challenging DNA for wildlife conservation and management


My research group answers timely questions by tapping into information in the DNA that organisms leave behind.

We do so using sophisticated genetic sequencing methods, some of which are newly emerging. Our foci are outlined below.

Topics

Species from Feces: Biodiversity discovery, host and diet identification, and pathogen detection

Bats

Bat Species from Feces Initiative

Risk to White-nose Syndrome

Rabies in an Urban Interface

Population genetics

Mines and windfarms

Biology of cryptic and endangered species

Wombats

Responses to habitat fragmentation

Responses to foundation species

Tools

Non-invasive genetic samples

Ancient DNA (aDNA)

Environmental DNA (eDNA)

DNA metabarcoding

Next-generation sequencing

Nanopore sequencing

Taxa

Mammals and then some (birds, plants, microbes)