Using Environmental DNA and Citizen Science to Monitor Salamanders in Great Smoky Mountains National Park


This is a page for real-time updates about our citizen science projects in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The goals of these projects are to evaluate the potential of environmental DNA surveys for 1) characterizing plethodontid salamander communities along an elevational gradient; and 2) detecting variation in life history phenology in plethodontid salamanders.


Citizen scientists, check back often for new results!

July 26, 2015

Hey folks! We've begun our eDNA surveys in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We're hoping to have frequent updates for all of our citizen science volunteers, so check back often. 

Below is a mud salamander (Pseudotriton montanus) that UTK undergraduate student Michael Ellison and I discovered while scouting out sites a few weeks ago. They're not often found within the National Park, and we're hoping to use eDNA to document some new localities.

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