2nd National Workshop on Marine Environmental DNA

A workshop to accelerate the incorporation of eDNA science into environmental management applications

February 1st-2nd, 2022 – Costa Mesa, CA


This workshop will follow the First National Conference on Marine Environmental DNA, held November 29-30, 2018 at the Rockefeller University in New York. The first workshop focused on establishing a long-term vision for eDNA as a powerful, dependable, and efficient tool for ocean observation. This workshop will build on that success by identifying the opportunities for partnerships between researchers and agencies to close science research gaps and transition molecular methods into environmental management.

The use of environmental DNA (eDNA) to detect aquatic organisms is becoming increasingly popular in bioassessment programs. A growing number of peer-reviewed publications have demonstrated the power of DNA-based approaches to provide rapid, accurate, and cost-effective taxonomic identifications. However, the incorporation of eDNA-based approaches into management applications is lagging these scientific advances.

This workshop will bring together a diverse cross-section of researchers and environmental managers to discuss ways to both identify and overcome past impediments to DNA method adoption. The workshop will include traditional scientific sessions for knowledge transfer (i.e., through reviews of the latest technical advances and eDNA tools) but will primarily focus on developing agency roadmaps for the incorporation of DNA methods.

Workshop goal & outcomes

To accelerate the incorporation of marine eDNA science into environmental management by bringing together researchers, government agencies, industry representatives, private foundations and other stakeholders. A key outcome of the workshop will be a series of collaborations between scientists and agencies for addressing the primary impediments to eDNA-method adoption. These collaborations may come in the form of intercalibration exercises, technical studies, DNA library development, bioinformatics comparisons, and more.


Registration is now open! View registration details HERE.


  • Training Day (February 1, 2022): This session is intended to orient environmental managers to the basics of eDNA including how it is collected, processed, and interpreted. This session is targeted towards environmental managers. The goal is to prepare managers so that they can actively participate in sessions the following days. Will feature a morning seminar session to introduce eDNA approaches and applications, and afternoon sessions focused on lab, field, and computational methods. This is primarily an in-person event, with some of the lecture components available online.
  • Plenary Day (February 2, 2022): Morning plenary session featuring invited speakers presenting research advances and eDNA method implementation. Intended to spark discussion among scientists and environmental managers. Lunch poster session. Afternoon panel discussion with state and federal agency representatives. All sessions available in person and online.

Poster session

There will be a lunchtime poster session on Plenary Day (February 2, 2022). To submit an abstract, please click HERE.

Travel and meeting logistics

The workshop will be held in person at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority (SCCWRP) in Costa Mesa, California, with select portions available for remote participation.


Please contact Susanna Theroux (susannat@sccwrp.org) with any questions.

Workshop organizers

  • Dr. Jesse Ausubel, Rockefeller University
  • Dr. Elif Demir-Hilton, Oceankind
  • Dr. Kelly Goodwin, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Dr. Ryan Kelly, University of Washington
  • Dr. Kai Lee, Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University
  • Dr. David Lodge, Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, Cornell University
  • Dr. Rachel Meyer, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Dr. Chris Meyer, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • Dr. Susanna Theroux, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority
  • Dr. Steve Weisberg, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority
  • Dr. Mike Weise, U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research

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