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Development of eDNA metabarcoding methods for freshwater mussels


September 2019 - August 2021


Mussels are an important component of river ecosystems but have undergone substantial declines throughout their range. Our project will leverage genetic techniques (eDNA metabarcoding) to improve estimates of mussel diversity in Michigan rivers. This project is a collaboration between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and USGS. The techniques developed here can be used to conduct research that will inform mussel conservation strategies in the future.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 10

Phd Students: 0

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 6

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 12

Scientific Publications: 32

Presentations: 123



Funding Agencies

  • US Fish and Wildlife Service East Lansing Field Office


Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey
  2. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  3. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources