The eDNA Ecology Lab
Welcome to the Environmental DNA Ecology Lab at Texas Tech University! Our research follows two major themes:
First, we aim to answer fundamental ecological questions about species distributions and dispersal, primarily though analysis of environmental DNA (eDNA), the genetic material that organisms shed into their surroundings as sloughed cells, bodily fluids, and other wastes.
Second, we consider eDNA as an exciting subject of ecological study in its own right and combine field observations and laboratory experiments to gain knowledge about the ecology of eDNA, including its origin, state, transport, and fate in the environment and how these factors influence the application and interpretation of eDNA analysis.
We work primarily in freshwater systems and often focus on invasive species, but we are excited to extend into marine and terrestrial habitats and study diverse taxa in pursuit of broad ecological understanding.