'Early Detection Tool for Invasive Silver and Bighead Carp'

Emy Monroe, a supervisory geneticist of the Whitney Genetics Laboratory in Onalaska, Wisconsin, is presenting a lecture at Luther College about Asian carp as an invasive species as well as the use of an environmental DNA monitoring program (eDNA) in controlling Asian carp populations. The lecture takes place at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, March 7, in Valders Hall of Science, Room 206 on Luther's campus.

The lecture is part of Luther's spring Biology Colloquium series. All lectures and discussions are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Monroe began her position at the Whitney Genetics Lab in 2012. The lab, as part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, specifically processes samples as part of the eDNA monitoring program for the detection of silver carp and bighead carp DNA. As of 2018, the lab processes 8,500 samples annually, collected from all five Great Lakes as well as from the Tennessee, Ohio and Upper Mississippi Rivers. In addition to eDNA monitoring, the Whitney Genetics Lab develops and validates new methods to improve eDNA detection and efficiency; develops and validates new eDNA markers for different species; provides genetic species identification of fish eggs as well as larval fish and develops high throughput sequencing techniques for eDNA applications.

Monroe holds a bachelor's degree in biology as well as a master's degree in environmental science from the University of Northern Iowa. Monroe earned her doctoral degree in zoology from Miami University.

Luther's Biology Colloquium meets approximately 10 times during the academic year for lectures and discussions led by visiting scholars, faculty and student researchers.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,005, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.

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