Western Australian Naturalists Club

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Using eDNA for Environmental Management

7 May, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm

Attendees are required to bring and wear a face mask to and during the meeting.

DNA and genomics technologies are transforming how we discover, monitor and manage biodiversity. For example, we can detect whales from a bucket of seawater, work out how long mammoths live, and estimate how many tuna live in the ocean all just by reading DNA sequences.

The genomics technology revolution has changed the face of life sciences and revolutionised medicine and agriculture. Just like in medicine where genomic diagnostics can help us understand and cure diseases or detect pathogens like COVID-19, the information in DNA can be used to measure and understand the natural world.

Our speaker this month is Olly Berry, a senior research scientist who leads CSIRO’s Environomics Future Science Platform. This is a research and development program inventing new ways to support environmental science and management through genomic technologies.

A unifying theme in Olly’s research is the use of DNA and “genomics” to provide scientific insights that support environmental management. Over the past 15 years Olly has researched such diverse topics as the ecology of fox control, change in marine food-webs, the evolution of bizarre subterranean creatures, the relationship between farming and biodiversity and more.

Olly’s work has provided several important technical innovations in applied ecological research, has been featured in university textbooks, and informed government policy.

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7 May
7:30 pm-9:30 pm
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Steve Lofthouse


Olly Berry


“Hew Roberts”
Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, 6909
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