Environmental DNA Field Sampling Techniques
Are you interested in detecting aquatic species from a simple water sample? eDNA species detection is rapidly becoming an industry-standard method, and the number of researchers using eDNA is growing exponentially. Reliable eDNA data depends on good technique and properly trained field crews because there are many instances where contamination/bias can influence species detection results. With the right equipment and good training, eDNA survey methods can save agencies substantial time and money.
The class taught at our Vancouver, Washington, USA headquarters cost $200 per student or is free with purchase of any new Smith-Root eDNA sampler. Courses held at other locations will have different costs.
Austen Thomas Ph.D.
Research Scientist | Molecular Ecologist
Have questions? Contact Austen Thomas Ph.D..
Austen joined Smith-Root in 2015 and has directed the development of our Environmental DNA division. Working alongside our in-house engineering team, he designed the Smith-Root eDNA sampling system and fostered partnerships with other companies to help make Smith-Root a leader in eDNA technology. He is a research Molecular Ecologist with over 15 years of experience conducting field surveys, and he possesses a strong publication record with a focus on DNA metabarcoding. Austen has participated in national eDNA standardization efforts and he consistently strives to improve eDNA sampling processes for the betterment of data quality.