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eDNA surveillance for multiple high risk invasive fish

Location: University of Canberra, Canberra ACT
Supervisor:  Assistant Prof. Dianne Gleeson and Dr. Elise Furlan
Contact: or ph: (02) 6201 5528


Invasive fishes are a major threat to native species and ecological communities, nationally and internationally. Early detection of such fishes while they are still rare is the key to eradication success but is problematic using conventional sampling.

We seek two PhD students with molecular skills to use advanced genomic approaches, such as next generation sequencing, to develop species-specific markers for key aquatic pest species. eDNA techniques will be developed to determine low-density detection probabilities and to evaluate DNA degradation under varying conditions (e.g. changes in temperature or UV exposure) with the aim of improving the technology’s management application.

eDNA detection will be utilised in the field to identify low-density populations of invasives to identify invasion fronts and to confirm recent eradication efforts.

LINK: Invasive Animals CRC PhD Scholarship applications

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