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Using environmental DNA (eDNA) to assess the presence of cave-fish and crayfish populations in caves of the Ozark Highlands


October 2014 - December 2017


The goal of the project is to use eDNA to verify presence of cave organisms while developing the foundation for monitoring methods that may be used in the future to documenting abundance. The proposed project will support recovery and monitoring efforts of the FWS and various conservation partners and help inform conservation decisions.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 8

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 11

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 24

Scientific Publications: 84

Presentations: 184



Funding Agencies



Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
  2. Oklahoma State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute