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eDNA is a molecular conservation tech tool that can be used to detect species presence in samples taken directly from the environment. To date, eDNA has been used for species detection, biomass estimation, diet analysis, reconstruction of past flora and fauna, and wildlife disease detection. Still a relatively new area of conservation tech, eDNA is in a phase of rapid innovation and growth, with improved ease of use and more accessibility allowing this technology to find new uses in the field and lab.

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Using drone or other unmanned vehicle for DNA sampling on fresh elephant dung in a Baï, Congo Rainforest.

Hi all,Elephant listening project and WWF CAR are working on elephant identification in Dzanga Baï (clearance in the forest) since several years now. We would like to compare our...

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I think we can habituate elephant to noise, especially if it's could looks like a natural one.

The problem is that many elephants are concentrated in the baï and if we want to avoid DNA contamination we have to sample it quite fast.

Hi Antoine,

I would recommend talking to the engineers at Outreach Robotics - @Gcharron .

We have been working on collecting tools for rare plants, and I would guess it wouldn't be a huge adjustment to collect elephant dung.  I think the amount of dung required for analysis will drive the size of the collecting drone. Maybe the drone could be up very high to not disturb the elephants with a long line sampling mechanism? 

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Looking for a Supervisor/Research Group - ML-driven Marine Biomonitoring

Hi everyone, I am a final year MEng Computing student at Imperial College London interested in improving marine biodiversity monitoring with machine learning.I have...

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Hi Filippo, 

Nice to read your message. Have you thought of contacting anyone in the Bioscience department at UCL? In our group "the People and Nature Lab", a few PhD students (Ben and Jason) are working on ML methods for coral reef monitoring. Might be interesting to reach out to them. List of People at CBER.

Best, Aude

 

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eDNA Collaborative Microgrants Program!

This round of microgrants will be awarded in collaboration with miniPCR bio, and each microgrant award will consist of a mini16x thermal cycler, a blueGel electrophoresis system with USB power adaptor, one pipette, and a field carrying case.

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Conservation Innovation Manager

Island Conservation's Innovation Team is dedicated to developing innovative, data-driven tools to increase the scale, scope, and pace of island restorations around the world. As the Conservation Innovation Manager, you...

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Identifying tundra predators with eDNA

A new paper shared by Bento Lab on Twitter, focusing on using eDNA to assess population size, territory, and diet for two species of foxes in the Swedish tundra. This workflow can also apply to eDNA work identifying other predators in different environments.

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#Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge: Judges' Panel Honorees

WILDLABS Team
Please join us in celebrating this year’s top #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge Honorees as chosen by our panel of leading conservation organization judges, and enjoy the story contained within these entries about how our...

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ISO Speakers for Emerging Technologies class.

Hi Everyone, Apologies for posting across multiple groups.  I'm teaching a new course @ Clark University next semester on emerging technologies for conservation. The course...

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Definitely interested! I'm in the ecoacoustics/acoustic monitoring space, working at Rainforest Connection and Arbimon.

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From Everest to the Annamite Mountains: Applying molecular tools for conservation.

In this captivating presentation, Dr. Tracie Seimon, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, shares her groundbreaking work on using molecular tools for wildlife conservation. Her efforts include the development of a rapid DNA test kit specifically designed for Saola, a vital component in the search for this critically endangered species. Join Dr. Seimon on her journey from Mount Everest to the Annamite Mountains as she unravels the secrets of wildlife genetics.

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