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Sunday 20 March 2022

1400 Student & Early Career Researcher Registration Open

Hobart Function & Conference Centre, 1 Elizabeth Street Pier, Hobart
1430 – 1700 Student & Early Career Researcher Event

This event is open to all students and early career researchers.  It will feature a keynote presentation, panel session discussion and a networking event.  The event will be a great opportunity to form connections and gain valuable experience on how to make the most of your conference experience.

1500 – 1800 Exhibitor Bump In

Mezzanine Level, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, 1 Davey Street Hobart
1700 – 1900 2022 eDNA Conference Welcome Reception

Hobart Function & Conference Centre, 1 Elizabeth Street Pier, Hobart
Registration will be open at the Welcome Reception.

Monday 21 March 2022

0800 – 1700 Registration Open

Mezzanine Level, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart


Grand Ballroom, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

0900 – 0915 Delegate Welcome & Housekeeping

Welcome to Country

0915 – 1000 Keynote Presentation
1000 – 1045 Keynote Presentation

Mezzanine Level, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Concurrent Session 1

Biodiversity, Biogeography and Distributions

Grand Ballroom 1

Concurrent Session 2

Novel applications and environments

Grand Ballroom 2

Concurrent Session 3

Biosecurity & Monitoring

Grand Ballroom 3

1115 – 1130 eDNA sampling across temporal and spatial gradients provide new insights into white, tiger and bull sharks spatial ecology in eastern Australia

Zach Clark

Taking eDNA underground: factors affecting eDNA detection of subterranean fauna in groundwater

Dr Mieke Van Der Heyde

Detection of exotic Khapra beetle, Trogoderma granarium, in dust samples collected from shipping containers in Australia

Jennifer Soroka

1130 – 1145 Environmental DNA reveals a multi-taxa biogeographic break across the Arabian Sea and Sea of Oman

Dr Joseph Dibattista

Does sampling location, target species and methodology effect detection of fish DNA in lake sediment core samples?

Georgia Thomson-Laing

Introducing the Pest Alert Tool for screening metabarcoding data and informing biosecurity managers on the presence of unwanted species

Dr Anastasija Zaiko

1145 – 1200 Local distribution and habitat preferences of scalloped hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini) using environmental DNA detection and ecological data

Dr Roger Huerlimann

Detection of khapra beetle environmental DNA using portable technologies in Australian biosecurity

Dr Alejandro Trujillo-González

Environmental DNA reveals biogeographical patterns of marine non-indigenous species across New Zealand’s North coast

Dr Ulla Von Ammon

1200 – 1215 Fishing in two litres of water: fish metabarcoding at marine National Reference Stations in Australia

Dr Sharon Appelyard

Using environmental DNA to reconstruct target and by-product catch composition for fisheries vessels

Dr Madeline Green

Developing cost-effective marine biosecurity surveillance between government and industry for detection of introduced marine species in Western Australian using eDNA

Claire Wellington

1215 – 1230 eDNA reveals distribution of critically endangered estuarine pipefish (Syngnathus watermeyeri) in South Africa

Georgia Nester

Pollen DNA metabarcoding identifies regional provenance and high plant diversity in Australian honey

Dr Liz Milla

Queensland Seaports eDNA Surveillance (Q-SEAS) Program – Enhancing early detection capabilities for invasive marine species and managing biosecurity threats

Anita Ramage

Lightning Presentations
1230 – 1235 Comparative assessment of eDNA metabarcoding and longline deployments for elasmobranch surveying in the Kimberley Marine Park, Western Australia

Dr Katrina West

Environmental DNA to detect and classify avocado flower-visiting insects; Hass it got potential?

Joshua Kestel

Non-destructive High Throughput Sequencing (HTS) metabarcoding for biosecurity and plant protection: the case of the iMapPESTS project

Dr Francesco Martoni

1235 – 1240 Novel use of eDNA methods to survey gastropod diversity on intertidal rock platforms along a latitudinal gradient in Western Australia

Matilda Murley

Decrypting seasonal patterns of key pollen genera in Hobart, Australia: a multi-barcode metagenomic approach

Lachlan Tegart

Development of a DNA reference library for marine pest species

A/Prof. Craig Sherman

1240 – 1245 Marine biodiversity patterns in an anthropogenically impacted oceanic archipelago: The first eDNA survey of the Ogasawara Islands

Ayse Haruka Oshima Acikbas

Museum specimen preservation media is a source of historical eDNA

Dr Erin Hahn

Advancing marine invasive species surveillance tools in NSW

Luke Barron

1245 – 1250 Identifying the presence and provenance of The Asian Black-Spined Toad Duttaphrynus melanostictus using eDNA

Dr Douglas Beattie

Best practice guidelines for Australian/New Zealand eDNA biomonitoring programs

Dr Maarten De Brauwer

1250 – 1350 LUNCH & EXHIBITION

Mezzanine Level, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Concurrent Session 4

Biodiversity, Biogeography and Distributions

Grand Ballroom 1

Concurrent Session 5

Novel applications and environments

Grand Ballroom 2

Concurrent Session 6

Biosecurity & Monitoring

Grand Ballroom 3

1345 – 1400 Monitoring Australia’s vast Marine Protected Areas: Implementation of environmental DNA metabarcoding approaches for biodiversity assessment

Madalyn Cooper

Leafmining for environmental DNA

Anthony van Rooyen

What I want eDNA technology to do for me: a practitioner’s perspective

Dr Benjamin Allen

1400 – 1415 eDNA and classical approaches combine to reveal novel stygofauna assemblages in the Beetaloo sub-Basin, Northern Territory

Gavin Rees

Tracking spatio-temporal community shifts at Artificial Reefs using eDNA metabarcoding

Jason Alexander

Bees as Biosecurity Biomonitors: exotic plant detection and identification to monitor plant invasions

Dr Andrew Cridge

1415 – 1430 Day length is a significant driver of seasonal microbial diversity in polar, temperate and tropical marine time-series

Dr Eric Raes

Large-scale eDNA surveys reveal insights about impact gradients on central Indonesian coral reefs

Dr Maarten De Brauwer

Honey bee surveillance as a tool for integrated biosecurity

Dr John Roberts

1430 – 1445 An overview of the breadth of eDNA applications in the EcoGenetics lab

Dr Adam Miller

Quantifying the biodiversity value of restricted access marine areas with combined eDNA metabarcoding and stereo-video methods

Samuel Thompson

eDNA Metabarcoding ‐ a new approach to the monitoring of mine site restoration

Dr Paul Nevill

1445 – 1500 Pollen DNA metabarcoding reveals high diversity of alpine plant-pollinator networks

Dr Francisco Encinas-Viso

A 400-year macroalgae record of two inshore reefs including the period of European colonization of the Queensland coastline, Australia

Karin Zwiep

Estimating the impacts of the Black Summer bushfires on biodiversity using eDNA

Dr Reid Tingley

Lightning  Presentations
1500 – 1505 Contrasting patterns of biodiversity across wetland habitats using environmental DNA

Harry Coleman

Travels in the undiscovered country: exploring ancient human microbiome

Dr Hugh Cross

Environmental DNA (eDNA) as a tool to inform aquatic biosecurity management decisions: A case study on a South-East Queensland dam with a retrofitted fish passage facility

Nicolette Osborne

1505 – 1510 Spatial and temporal patterns of estuarine fishes associated with oyster reefs

Dr Michael Stat

What can we do with poo? Using molecular analysis of scats to inform mammal conservation

Dr Anna Hopkins

A forensic approach to detecting deadly Box Jellyfish

Scott Morrissey

1510 – 1515 Detecting cryptic terrestrial species in targeted eDNA sampling

Dr Nihara Gunawardene

A DNA-based framework for ecosystem monitoring in the Sub-Antarctic using vertebrate scats

Dr Julie McInnes

eDNA applications to rare and invasive species in northern biosphere of Hokkaido, Japan

Prof. Hitoshi Araki

1515 – 1520 Can we use eDNA to survey land snails with low population density?

Dr Orsi Decker


Mezzanine Level, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart


Grand Ballroom, Hotel Grand Chancellor

1550 – 1715 Panel Session Discussion | Keynote Presentation
1715 – 1815 Poster Reception

Mezzanine Level, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Tuesday 22 March 2022

0730 – 1700 Registration Open

Mezzanine Level, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart


Grand Ballroom, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

0745 – 0845 Best Practice eDNA Guidelines Update

Dr Maarten De Brauwer & Dr Alejandro Trujillo-González

Environmental DNA methods are increasingly being integrated into research and monitoring projects globally. Australian and New Zealand researchers have played an important role in this eDNA revolution and as a region we continue to be at the leading edge of many new developments in the field. Despite this expertise, however, integration in official biomonitoring programs remains limited. There remains strong hesitancy with resource managers using eDNA because of the lack of standardised biomonitoring workflows. National best practice guidelines are essential for the uptake of eDNA methods in government mandated biosecurity and ecosystem monitoring programs.

 We are developing the first AUS/NZ Environmental DNA Test Validation guidelines and the Environmental DNA Test Protocol Guide for Authors for monitoring programs with a cross-institutional group of >40 eDNA experts. During this workshop, we will present the draft document in detail and invite the wider eDNA community to provide feedback. Community feedback will be incorporated in the guidelines prior to publication of the final document in mid-2022. It is time to act now as a community and encourage integration of eDNA methodologies in biomonitoring so resource managers can use the best available technologies to ensure a sustainable future for our region’s rich biodiversity.


Grand Ballroom, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

0900 – 0905 Welcome to Day 2
0905 – 0950 Keynote Presentation
0950 – 1035 Keynote Presentation

Mezzanine Level, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Concurrent Session 7

Technical innovation

Grand Ballroom 1

Concurrent Session 8

Novel applications and environments

Grand Ballroom 2

Concurrent Session 9

Biosecurity & Monitoring

Grand Ballroom 3

1105 – 1120 Maximizing passive eDNA collection using varied membrane materials

Dr Cindy Bessey

Metabarcoding of seawater environmental DNA reveals strong differentiation of coral reef communities across habitats

Laurence Dugal

Comparing eDNA metabarcoding and morphology-based surveys for environmental monitoring of aquaculture enriched soft sediments

Alex Coutts

1120 – 1135 Improved yield and sensitivity of eDNA in riverine environments through overnight passive sampling

Bobby Lust

Metabarcoding hyperdiverse kelp holdfast communities on temperate reefs: an experimental approach to inform future studies

Dr Vanessa Arranz

The good, the bad and the ugly: lake health from the bacterial perspective

Dr John Pearman

1135 – 1150 Biodiversity monitoring through environmental DNA obtained from filter-feeding organisms

Dr Gert-Jan Jeunen

Community shifts at volcanic CO2 seeps, an eDNA prospective

Michael Izumiyama

How environmental DNA survey methods are informing management of waterways across Greater Melbourne: from long-term research to routine application

Dr Rhys Coleman

1150 – 1205 Fly detector – Using carrion fly iDNA to detect threatened marsupial species in a global biodiversity hotspot

Kristen Fernandes

Detection of a marine to terrestrial transition in lake sediment from Baffin Island, Arctic Canada, using sedimentary DNA

Matthew Power

Comparing traditional and DNA-based methods for deriving river health indices

Dr Michael Shackleton

Lightning Presentations
1205 – 1210 eDNA detection of a cryptic insect species using a novel collection technique in crops

Dr Valerie Caron



The conundrum of related taxa: Detection and authentication of pathogen DNA in bioarchaeological samples from the Pacific

Meriam Van Os

eDNA detection of freshwater endemic and invasive species

Dr Kathryn Dawkins

1210 – 1215 Metabarcoding gillnets to assess unaccounted catch depredation or escape

Dr Mark Bruyn

Environmental DNA detection of the giant freshwater crayfish (Astacopsis gouldi)

Dr Alejandro Trujillo-González

1215 – 1220 Evidence of long-term macroalgal carbon sequestration in deep-sea sediments from ancient eDNA samples

Ellyn Erlania


Holocene fire, climate and ecosystem change on Kangaroo Island

Lucinda Duxbury


1220 – 1225 Lightning Presentations
Splat That Scat To Find The Bat

Dr Rachael Impey

Using ancient DNA to reconstruct Antarctic marine ecosystems

Dr Linda Armbrecht

eDNA monitoring to support conservation of cold-water fishes in the Queensland Murray Darling Basin

Jaye Lobegeiger

1225 – 1230 Optimising detection of invasive marine species by characterising eDNA particle size

Kate Tuohey

Soil fungi in ‘old-fields’ on semi-arid floodplains of the northern Murray-Darling Basin

Reuben De Cocq Van Delwijnen

The impacts of prescribed burning to the diversity of fungi and vascular plants in a heathy woodland

Mitchell Johnston

1230 – 1235 eDNA metabarcoding in low-biomass soil: a case of study in Antarctica

Pame Olmedo-rojas

Finding a crowbar in a haystack: detecting the massive Australian lungfish genome to inform water infrastructure mitigation strategies

Dr Paul Tompkins

Environmental DNA monitoring and ecosystem resilience in the Murray Darling Basin

Dr Chris Hardy

1235 – 1335 LUNCH & EXHIBITION

Mezzanine Level, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Concurrent Session 10

Technical innovation

Grand Ballroom 1

Concurrent Session 11

Bioinformatics, analysis and visualisation

Grand Ballroom 2

Concurrent Session 12

Diet and trophic interactions

Grand Ballroom 3

1335 – 1350 Investigating environmental DNA & RNA fate for biosecurity applications: A case study using the Mediterranean fanworm Sabella spallanzanii

Michelle Scriver

Free from the tyranny of taxonomy: a robust taxon-independent community index (TICI) for riverine ecological assessment

Dr Shaun Wilkinson

Diversity and diet preferences of Artemia from hypersaline lakes at Rottnest Island (WA): a metabarcoding-based survey

Dr Mattia Saccò

1350 – 1405 Comparison of sampling and metabarcoding approaches in an open ocean eDNA survey

Dr Leonie Suter

Looking under the mat: benchmarking computational methods for analysing microbial datasets

Dr Matthew Campbell

Using eDNA technologies to understand trophic interactions supporting white shark populations

Jess Fish

1405 – 1420 A new marine genomics platform to aid research and conservation efforts

Priscila Goncalves

eDNAFlow, an automated, reproducible and scalable workflow for analysis of environmental DNA sequences exploiting Nextflow and Singularity

Dr Mahsa Mousavi

Experimental evidence that the topological features of microbial co-occurrence networks respond to stressors

Dr Anthony Chariton

1420 – 1435 Development of an RPA-based detection assay for the Mediterranean fanworm Sabella spallanzanii and validation of its suitability for application by non-scientist users

Martin Zirngibl

Comparative analysis of coral reef fish biodiversity using a standardised, reproducible metagenomic pipeline for environmental DNA

Sebastian Rauschert

Can environmental DNA to be used to study adaptive diversification in aquatic systems? – A test case using the Lake Masoko Astatotilapia calliptera study system

Zifang Liu

1435 – 1450  

Monitoring kororā/little blue penguin populations on Banks Peninsula using a portable MinION sequencing device

Lucy Howell




Visualising gaps, overlaps and anomalies in taxonomic reference data for metabarcoding

Dr Annette McGrath



Lightning Presentations
Using metabarcoding to identify threats to key trophic interactions supporting a commercial fishery in a climate change hotspot

Owen Holland

Assessing the population genetics and prey preferences of the elusive pouched lamprey (Geotria australis)

Allison Miller

Environmental DNA as a tool to assess groundwater Microbial communities in response to salinisation

Tess Nelson

Lightning Presentations  

Using eDNA to detect nutrient enrichment in estuaries

Dana Clark

1450 – 1455 Time is money: Is the MinION an appropriate alternative for short-read DNA metabarcoding?

Dr Aimee Van Der Reis

Establishing optimum eDNA replication for standardisation of freshwater fish and invertebrate monitoring in Aotearoa, New Zealand

Josh Smith

1455 – 1500 Developing new tools for invasive ant detection: a novel eDNA assay for yellow crazy ant detection in soil and water

Dr Natalia Andrade Rodriguez

eDNA monitoring design for robust impact attribution

Dr Levente Bodrossy

Identifying indicators of soil nutrient cycling on a restored mine site

Kate Montgomery

1500 – 1505 The Development and Validation of eDNA Protocols for Detecting the Presence and Movement of Mako Sharks in Victoria

Rebecca Skurrie

Macroinvertebrate biomonitoring in tropical environments using next generation sequencing technologies

Dr Thomas Mooney


Mezzanine Level, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart


Grand Ballroom, Hotel Grand Chancellor

1535 – 1700 Panel Session Discussion

Wednesday 23 March 2022

0800 – 1700 Registration Open

Mezzanine Level, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart


Grand Ballroom, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

0900 – 0905 Welcome to Day 3
0905 – 0950 Keynote Presentation
0950 – 1035 Keynote Presentation

Mezzanine Level, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Concurrent Session 13

Technical innovation

Grand Ballroom 1

Concurrent Session 14

Citizen science, uptake and translation

Grand Ballroom 2

Concurrent Session 15

Beyond presence-absence

Grand Ballroom 3

1105 – 1120 Detecting marine pests using eDNA and Biophysical models

Morgan Ellis

Wai Tūwhera o te Taiao – community and iwi/hapū-led discovery using environmental DNA (eDNA)

Ham Davidson

Using broad scale eDNA sampling to identify correlates of platypus occupancy across south eastern Australia

Emily McColl-Gausden

1120 – 1135   Community engagement and empowerment through eDNA technology in Aotearoa

Amy Gault

Single cell sequencing of environmental cells (emCells)

Dr Haylea Miller

1135 – 1150 Methods for rapid field-based detection of a group of rare freshwater fish using Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP)

Dr James Shelley

The Great Victorian Wildlife Search: scaling biodiversity assessments using citizen scientists and eDNA metabarcoding

Dr Andrew Weeks

Extending eDNA capabilities via long-range PCR and third-generation sequencing

Dr Katrina West

1150 – 1205 The development of a metabarcoding assay panel for freshwater ecosystem monitoring in Aotearoa New Zealand

Dr Megan Shaffer

Innovative eDNA citizen science for biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes

Helen Barclay

Environmental DNA reflects common genetic variation

Clare Adams

1205 – 1220 The effectiveness of eDNA as a monitoring tool for infauna present in the intertidal zone of a sub-tropical coastal habitat in Western Australia

Harrison Carmody

Studying fish biodiversity in Canadian rivers by engaging local communities in environmental DNA monitoring

Dr Bettina Thalinge

Leveraging nanopore sequencing and adaptive sampling of environmental DNA for monitoring the critically endangered kākāpō

Dr Lara Urban

Lightning Presentations  

The utility of Environmental DNA methods to provide insights into green roof biodiversity

Jack Rojahn




Using pollen meta-barcoding to understand pollinator preferences in urban greenspaces

Katherine Berthon



1220 – 1225 Can eDNA detect cryptic populations of critically-endangered sea snakes?

Dr Jenna Crowe-Riddell

1225 – 1230 Optimising eDNA methods for routine groundwater biomonitoring, biodiversity studies and environment impact assessments

Dr Kathryn Korbel

1230 – 1235 eDNA sensing of Irukandji jellyfish

Sarah Stephenson

1235 – 1240 Assessing diversity and distribution of dinoflagellates in Australian marine waters using eDNA and High Throughput Sequencing (HTS): comparisons with traditional taxonomic methods

Dr Tahnee Manning

Lightning Presentations
Sequence our Seas (SoS): A community program to introduce eDNA at high schools in Western Australia

Miwa Takahashi

Non-mutualistic behavioural traits of tropical cleaner fish revealed through eDNA metabarcoding

Pauline Narvaez

1240 – 1245 Using citizen science and new DNA technology to rapidly increase our baseline knowledge of fungal ecology

Ema Corro

1245 – 1345 LUNCH & EXHIBITION

Mezzanine Level, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Concurrent Session 16

Data: use, re-use, and reference libraries

Grand Ballroom 1

Concurrent Session 17

Citizen science, uptake and translation

Grand Ballroom 2

Concurrent Session 18

Beyond presence-absence

Grand Ballroom 3

1335 – 1350 Making eDNA biodiversity records FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable)

Dr Oliver Berry

National eDNA Testing Program

Dr Geoff Grossel

Inferring the occupancy of exotic fish in lakes using environmental DNA

Maïlys Picard

1350 – 1405 Dark taxa in dark environments: eDNA in subterranean systems

Dr Nicole White

Practical applications of eDNA sampling and analysis in a government agency context

Dr Josephine Hyde

Clues from poos: Assessing fox density and potential impacts on threatened migratory bird species in the Gippsland Lakes

Josh Griffiths

1405 – 1420 A DNA Sequence Reference Library for all Named Australian Species

Andreas Zwick

Integrating eDNA monitoring into biosecurity management in the Torres Strait

Jessica Sabatino

DNA metabarcoding is not quantitative, but how should we evaluate if sequence counts are a useful proxy for biomass?

Bruce Deagle

1420 – 1435 Building a custom reference library for subterranean groundwater fauna living in the ancient Pilbara (Western Australia) landscape

Dr Michelle Guzik

eDNA can improve water and sediment quality management – A case study of the Ranger Uranium Mine

Dr Andrew Harford

Estimating the biomass of one (but not two) iconic Australian fish species using eDNA

Dr Meaghan Duncan

1435 – 1450 Environmental DNA needs reference data for taxonomy-based conservation policy – A case study from Fiordland, New Zealand

Dr Paul Czechowski

Pushing the boundaries of eDNA research – opportunities to inform Australia Marine Park management

Dr Steffan Howe

eDNA monitoring for early warning of Crown-of-Thorns seastar (Acanthaster spp.) outbreaks: Genetic detection of larvae and post-settlement individuals at extremely low densities

Dr Sven Uthicke

1450 – 1455  




Lightning Presentations
Biological and hydrogeological characterization of an alluvial aquifer: a transect study at Bellevue farm (Namoi River valley, NSW)

Dr Maria Di Cairano

eDNA from crop residue enables the quantification of pathogen abundance and population genetics analysis: a case study of the landscape distribution of Pyrenophora teres f. teres exhibiting genetically conferred fungicide resistance

Leon Hodgson

1455 – 1500 Toward a Global Public Repository of Community Protocols to Encourage Best Practices in Biomolecular Ocean Observing and Research

Dr Jodie Van De Kamp

Biomonitoring of freshwater streams using bulk eDNA and CRISPR-Cas enrichment

Anya Kardailsky

Lightning Presentations Using eDNA to examine eukaryotic communities in shallow groundwater of a tropical sandy creek

Lisa Chandler

1500 – 1505 The value of biobanking eDNA samples: mapping freshwater mussels and decapods in Melbourne’s catchments

Dr Andrew Weeks

1505 – 1510 A long-read amplicon sequencing approach to building a reference sequence database for Australian lichens

Dr Cecile Gueidan


Mezzanine Level, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart


Grand Ballroom, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

1535 – 1700 Keynote Presentation & Conference Close
1900 – 2300 2022 eDNA Conference Dinner

In The Hanging Garden, 112 Murray Street, Hobart

Join your fellow conference delegates for a night of networking and celebrations at the 2022 eDNA Conference Summit Dinner.  The dinner will be held at one of Hobart’s most popular venues, In The Hanging Garden.   The dinner will showcase local produce served as canapes, grazing stations and, also feature live cooking stations.  The cocktail style event will ensure there are plenty of networking opportunities but don’t worry, we will ensure there is plenty of food and seating! 


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