Our oceans hold important biodiverse communities – from viruses to whales. Losses in biodiversity can impact our seas’ health and fisheries.
New ways to understand marine biodiversity including surveys of threated species and their distribution are needed to better protect our oceans. Environmental DNA (eDNA) is one new genetic tool available to detect rare, threatened and invasive species in fresh and marine water systems.
At the third instalment of Science in the S.E.A.A., Dr Giana Gomes will explain the concept of eDNA in the context of conservation projects, and highlight the work implemented by James Cook University researchers to improve the understanding and conservation status of fresh and marine species.
Dr Giana Gomes is an aquaculture veterinarian researcher with 15 years of experience in aquatic animal health acquired across a range of academic, governmental and industry employments in Brazil and Australia. Her research has a strong focus in the development and adoption of new technologies to improve disease prevention, management and biosecurity in aquaculture.
In 2018, Dr Gomes joined James Cook University Singapore as lecturer in aquaculture. Currently, her R&D focus on early identification of disease within aquaculture farms using environmental DNA (eDNA) techniques and water quality monitoring (environmental sensing) associated with microbiome investigation.
These investigative techniques can potentially be useful in aquarium context, enabling us to enhance husbandry practices and the provision of care for our animals.
Join us at Science in the S.E.A.A. where Dr Giana Gomes will share with us more about environmental DNA and how it can help protect the ocean.
Science in the S.E.A.A.: Unveiling secrets of the underwater world
Date: 24 August 2018 (Fri)
Time: 8pm – 9.30pm
Venue: S.E.A. Aquarium