Marine biodiversity monitoring using environmental DNA (eDNA)

Integrating eDNA in cabled observatories and other infrastructures for marine biodiversity monitoring

Project outputs

  • Foster a network of international collaborators on the application of omics technologies to study marine communities
  • Generate postgraduate opportunities
  • Publish high-impact scientific peer-review papers

Funding sources

Blue Growth & Marine Planning Scheme, established under the Union Priority 6 (Integrated Maritime Policy) of Ireland’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme.

Marine Institute SmartBay National Infrastructure Access Programme (NIAP)

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Galway, Ireland

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples, Italy

Project time frame


Links to papers and other resources

Stefanni S, Mirimin L, Stanković D, Chatzievangelou D, Bongiorni L, Marini S, Modica MV, Manea E, Bonofiglio F, del Rio J, Cukrov N, Gavrilović A, De Leo F, Aguzzit J (2022) Framing cutting-edge integrative deep-sea biodiversity monitoring via eDNA and optoacoustic augmented infrastructures. Frontiers in Marine Science 8:797140.

Fernandez S., Miller D.L., Holman L.E., Gittenberger A., Ardura A., Rius M., and Mirimin L. (2021) Environmental DNA sampling protocols for the surveillance of marine non-indigenous species in Irish coastal waters. Marine Pollution Bulletin 172: 112893

Mirimin L., Desmet S., López Romero D., Fernandez Fernandez S., Miller D.L., Mynott S., Gonzalez Brincau A., Stefanni S., Berry A., Gaughan P., Aguzzi J. (2021) Don’t catch me if you can – Using cabled observatories as multidisciplinary platforms for marine fish community monitoring: an in situ case study combining Underwater Video and environmental DNA data. Science of the Total Environment 773: 145351.

Rodriguez-Ezpeleta, N., Morissette, O., Bean, C.W., Manu, S., Banerjee, P., Lacoursière-Roussel, A., Beng, K.C., Alter, S.E., Roger, F., Holman, L.E., Stewart, K.A., Monaghan, M.T., Mauvisseau, Q., Mirimin, L., Wangensteen, O.S., Antognazza, C.M., Helyar, S.J., de Boer, H., Monchamp, M.-E., Nijland, R., Abbott, C.L., Doi, H., Barnes, M.A., Leray, M., Hablützel, P.I. and Deiner, K. (2021), Trade-offs between reducing complex terminology and producing accurate interpretations from environmental DNA: Comment on “Environmental DNA: What’s behind the term?” by Pawlowski et al., (2020). Molecular Ecology, 30: 4601-4605.

Aguzzi, J., López-Romero, D., Marini, S., Costa, C., Berry, A., Chumbinho, R., Ciuffardi, T., Fanelli, E., Pieretti, N., Del Río, J., Stefanni, S., Mirimin, L., Doyle, J., Lordan, C., Gaughan, P., 2020. Multiparametric monitoring of fish activity rhythms in an Atlantic coastal cabled observatory. J. Mar. Syst. 212, 103424.

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Project Team

Postdoctoral researcher
Lecturer in Aquatic Ecology
Research Scientist