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Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution of Marine Animals


Welcome! The Govindarajan lab studies the biodiversity, ecology and evolution of marine animals. We develop and apply new genomic methods to characterize marine biodiversity and population structure. Current laboratory projects include:


  • Using molecular methods to describe marine animals, including to identify species, document cryptic diversity, and reveal biogeographic patterns


  • Creating genetic reference databases for DNA barcoding and metabarcoding


  • Developing and applying environmental DNA (eDNA) methods for biodiversity assessments for the ocean's mesopelagic ("twilight") zone


  • Developing and using eDNA samplers with in situ filtration


  • Using eDNA to assess the impacts of aquaculture


  • Molecular systematics, ecology and evolution of jellyfishes


  • If you see any clinging jellyfish, pictured above, please send an email to: .


  • May 3 - 21, 2021: Follow along with our latest Ocean Twilight Zone Expedition!  We are part of a team of OTZ scientists and engineers on a research cruise in the North Atlantic Ocean. Research Assistant Erin Frates is currently on board collecting eDNA samples for biodiversity analyses.