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!

December 4, 2015

Knoxville's WBIR recently produced a story about salamanders in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Tremont's Gar Secrist, UTK's Dr. Ben Fitzpatrick, and I made guest appearances! You can view the video here.

Back in Knoxville, we're still working hard to process eDNA samples from around Tremont. We hope to have a more substantial update soon!

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