Cecilia Villacorta-Rath

Cecilia Villacorta-Rath

Cecilia is a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER), James Cook University. Cecilia is trailing field methods and conducting laboratory experiments testing the persistence and detectability of eDNA of an array of species of conservation and management significance, in freshwater, marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Her work focuses on providing stakeholders with more “tools in the box” for detection and management of invasive and endangered species. Cecilia is leading multiple eDNA projects in northern Australia and her main interest is to develop user-friendly methods for non-specialist engagement. She has built links with Indigenous Ranger groups across northern Australia, natural resource management authorities and industry, for eDNA sample collection in remote, rural areas.