Date: 08 December 2021

Time: 14:00 (GMT+3)

Speaker: Quentin Mauvisseau

Title: Species Detection Using eDNA Species-Specific Approach or Metabarcoding In Aquatic Systems

Our scientific webinar series is continuing with Quentin Mauvisseau, a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Oslo. He will present his research on two case studies based on eDNA metabarcoding and species-specific detection, highlighting the benefits and limitations of eDNA-based detection. The talk will be given in English on the Zoom platform. Please note that there will be a limited number of spots available and the Institute members will be prioritized in case of overbooking. You can register by clicking the link below. After the registration, the meeting ID and password will be sent automatically via Zoom.


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Species Detection Using eDNA Species-Specific Approach or Metabarcoding In Aquatic Systems

71% of the earth's surface is covered by water, freshwater representing 2.5% of it, and only 1% being accessible. Due, largely to a number of anthropogenic activities such as pollution or habitats modification coupled with the impacts of climate change, a dramatic decline in biodiversity is occurring across all earth's ecosystems. Aquatic ecosystems receive considerably less attention than many other habitats and therefore, effective biodiversity monitoring programs are urgently needed to assess the health and state of the endangered and threatened species in these aquatic systems. Further, current techniques utilized to survey aquatic ecosystems are often considered ineffective, invasive, time consuming and biased. As a result, the implementation of molecular-based detection tools are attractive options as they are often shown to be more sensitive and cost effective. The use of environmental DNA (eDNA) detection is one such molecular tool which is showing promising results, due to its high reliability, sensitivity and non-invasiveness characters. Here in this webinar, Dr. Mauvisseau will present two case studies based on either eDNA metabarcoding or species-specific detection to investigate species presence or community composition. He will highlight benefits and potential limitations associated with eDNA-based detection.


Short Biography

Quentin Mauvisseau is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo. He holds a PhD from the University of Derby (UK) where he worked on investigating alternative methods to assess habitat quality in freshwater systems. His background spans eDNA monitoring, molecular biology, and conservation. His current research uses eDNA and metabarcoding to measure biodiversity dynamics to establish baselines and monitor recovery in ecosystems affected by deforestation and other anthropogenic changes.