Understanding Environmental DNA
The use of environmental DNA (eDNA) is an exciting new technology that has application in biodiversity monitoring and field assessments. This unit will develop your understanding of environmental DNA with emphasis on the entire process from sample collection through to reporting of findings. This short course is especially useful for environmental consultants and government employees who currently, or in the future, are likely to collect environmental DNA samples in the course of their employment.
Upon successful completion, you'll receive:
- 2 PD Points
- Certificate of Achievement
- A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials
- Delivery mode
- Start date
- 27 June 2022, 26 June 2023
Registrations close one week prior to start of course
- Approx. 6 weeks
- 50 hours
- $660 inc. GST
- Critical information summary
- ENVTM512 Understanding Environmental DNA (PDF)
What environmental DNA is, how it can be used, and its application in biodiversity monitoring and field assessments
Skills and knowledge required to design and implement an environmental DNA project
Why study this course?
- You'll gain an advanced understanding of the application of environmental DNA techniques for field-based issues including, but not limited to, biodiversity conservation, monitoring of both native and invasive species and aquaculture management.
- You'll understand the advantages and limitations of eDNA including how it can complement traditional methods
- You'll learn to design and implement an environmental DNA project
Who should study this course?
This course is designed for:
- consultants, regulators and researchers who would like to better understand eDNA, its potential benefits and the pitfalls to look out for
- recent graduates wishing to gain further experience
- current professionals (public servants, industry or community groups) looking to refresh their knowledge or upskill
How does it work?
Participants will be required to complete online quizzes and an eDNA written report
What's next after this course?
- Future study
This unit opens the pathway to future postgraduate study, such as Master of Environmental Science.