Marine Environmental DNA (eDNA) Technology Committee

Developed in early 2024, the Marine eDNA Technology Committee fosters collaboration among professionals, researchers, and policymakers, and promotes the development and deployment of eDNA technology. It also serves as a platform for disseminating knowledge, sharing best practices, and driving innovation in this rapidly evolving field. 

Overview of the Committee

Marine environmental DNA technology is rapidly emerging as a pivotal tool in marine research, conservation, and management. eDNA methods allow for the detection and monitoring of marine species using DNA fragments found in the water, offering a non-invasive, cost-effective, and comprehensive approach to understanding marine biodiversity. Given the increasing relevance of this technology in marine science and its potential applications in various sectors, including fisheries management, conservation, and environmental monitoring, a dedicated committee within the MTS is essential. 

Committee Mission

The mission of the Marine Environmental DNA Technology Committee is to: 

  • Advance the understanding and application of marine eDNA technology. 
  • Facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration among scientists, engineers, business people, policymakers, and other stakeholders. 
  • Promote the development of standardized protocols and ethical guidelines for eDNA collection, analysis, and data sharing. 
  • Encourage innovation and the integration of eDNA technology in marine management and research. 
  • Disseminate knowledge through symposia, workshops, publications, and educational outreach. 

Committee Leadership

Co-Chair: Chris Scholin - President/CEO | MBARI
Co-Chair: Elif Demir-Hilton | Oceankind