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Environmental DNA (eDNA)

Environmental DNA can be thought of as a type of forensic analysis of ocean inhabitants. Instead of sampling animals, we can detect the traces of DNA that they leave behind.

https://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/feature/round-up-the-unusual-suspects/

 

 

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 Autonomous in situ eDNA sampling on Deep See

Deep See is a new towed broadband acoustics and imaging instrument developed at WHOI by Andone Lavery (WHOI) and her team (Deep See is pictured left; image by Veronique LaCapra). I have added an eDNA sampler that filters water in situ. You can read more about it here.

 

 

 

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What is the Mesobot?

Mesobot is a new hybrid vehicle that can track animals and collect environmental DNA samples. You can read about it here.

 

 

 

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The Ocean Twilight Zone

WHOI Among The First Funding Recipients of the Audacious Project

The Ocean Twilight Zone

 

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SUPR REMUS

Robotic sampling coupled with genetic identification of plankton

SUPR-REMUS: The Next Generation of Plankton Sampling
from Marine Technology News

WHOI's Center for Marine Robotics Symposium

Symposium Agenda

 

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Ocean Science Journalism Fellows

At the beach with the ocean science journalism fellows

 

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A crab swarm at Hannibal Bank

A massive crab swarm was observed by a team lead by Jesus Pineda at Hannibal Bank, off of the eastern coast of Panama. I identified these crabs as Pleuroncodes planipes using DNA barcoding. Watch this fascinating video.

 

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Tunicate evolution

Salps, pyrosomes, and doliolids are planktonic invertebrate chordates. They are in a group called the tunicates, and are related to benthic sea squirts. My paper on tunicate phylogeny was the featured article in the Journal of Plankton Research, and the cover photo of a salp (Cyclosalpa pinnata) was taken by my PhD and postdoctoral advisor, Larry Madin. You can read a news article about my research here.

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Jellyfish Fingerprints

DNA barcodes are like species "fingerprints", and can enable identification of marine animals.

Jellyfish Fingerprints
from Northeastern University College of Science