It turns out I'm not an adept blogger, so I'm slow to get this posted, but there is big news! Merri Collins did a masterful job of defending her Masters thesis! I now dub her Master Merri, not to be confused with Merry from Lord of the Rings, or my dog Merry, The title of her thesis was "Searching for a Salamander: Distribution and Habitat of the Common Mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus) in Southeast Ohio Using Environmental DNA." I like this title, but Merri did more than look at eDNA; she also did a ton of field sampling for salamanders and macroinvertebrates, and did studies of stream chemistry and stream morphology. A very complete project, and all done in 2 years. Amazing work!
Merri got a job right away, and is working as a Wildlife Research Technician at Iowa State University.
Way to go, Merri!