Behind the paper: eDNA has great potential as a wildlife survey tool, but should be used properly

As many people know, two of my favourite topics are bandicoots and environmental DNA (eDNA). So I’m very excited about the online debut of my latest paper “A framework for developing and validating taxon-specific primers for specimen identification from environmental DNA” at Molecular Ecology Resources, which includes both bandicoots and eDNA. eDNA analysis is the analysis of DNA…

What We’re Reading: Jan 29, 2016

Improving morphological diet studies with molecular ecology I’m sure you all know by now that many wildlife species are threatened by invasive predators. Diet studies are often used to understand the specific impacts of predators, to guide management actions. Traditionally, this has meant sorting through scats and gut contents to identify as many prey remains as possible. Of…

What We Read: Favorite Papers of 2015

Part two of our Year in Review: we describe our favorite papers of 2015. These papers did not necessarily have to have been part of our Friday link dump series, What We’re Reading, which focuses on the WildlifeSNPIts theme of the intersection between evolution and conservation. Anna I’m terrible at picking favourites, but after a…

What We’re Reading: Oct 23, 2015

Identifying High and Low Yielding Palm Fruit Varieties Ask a conservationist about palm oil, and prepare for a nasty answer. Palm oil plantations have been planted across much of SE Asia, thereby removing natural habitat for many species such as orangutans. The plantations are so prevalent because palm oil makes it into many of the…

What we’re reading- Dec 20, 2013

Got microsats? A new paper (open) on developing microsatellite primers using Illumina sequencing. Plus, it comes out of a pretty great lab! (Congrats Schyler!) Protecting amphibians Preserving pond-breeding salamander populations may require larger terrestrial habitat than previously thought. The early rodent becomes the cat food Agoutis with less food, wake early, and are more vulnerable…