Webinar: Using eDNA as an early detection tool for invasive mussels

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Webinar: Using eDNA as an early detection tool for invasive mussels

November 4, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Recorded November 4, 2019 2:00-3:00pm ET

This webinar examines the study and use of environmental DNA (eDNA) to detect invasive zebra and quagga mussels.


  • Adam Sepulveda, United States Geological Survey
    • Adam Sepulveda is a research zoologist with the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center in Bozeman, MT.  His research focuses on understanding the ecosystem and community-level consequences of aquatic invasive species and testing new tools for the early detection and monitoring of aquatic invasive species. He has been evaluating the use of eDNA tools for aquatic invasive species and native species surveillance since 2011. He has been with the USGS in Bozeman for 9 years and did his PhD at the University of Montana in Missoula.
  • Jon Amburg, United States Geological Survey
    • Jon Amberg is a Supervisory Biologist at the USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center. He leads a team of scientists that integrate molecular techniques into natural resource management with a primary focus on aquatic invasive species early detection and control. His research has resulted in methods used to monitor Asian carp throughout the Great Lakes Basin and Driessenid mussels in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, his team has developed a portable DNA detector now being used by natural resource law enforcement. Jon obtained his BS and MS from Michigan State University in Fisheries and then completed a PhD in Animal Physiology at the University of Idaho prior to joining USGS in 2010.
  • Anett Trebitz, United States Environmental Protection Agency
    • Dr. Trebitz is an aquatic ecologist with EPA’s Great Lakes Toxicology & Ecology Division (formerly the Mid-Continent Ecology Division).  Her general areas of interest include water quality and ecology of the Great Lakes – especially their coastal zone – and she works with a team of people developing aquatic invasive species early-detection monitoring strategies and tools for these environments



Trebitz, A.S., Hatzenbuhler, C.L., Hoffman, J.C., Meredith, C.S., Peterson, G.S., Pilgrim, E.M., Barge, J.T., Cotter, A.M., and M.J. Wick. 2019. Dreissena veligers in western Lake Superior – Inference from new low-density detection. Journal of Great Lakes Research 45(3):691-699.

Sepulveda, A.J., Amberg, J.J., and E. Hanson. 2019. Using environmental DNA to extend the window of early detection for dreissenid mussels. Management of Biological Invasions 10(2):342-358.




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