Coral reef in a bottle

eDNA for biomonitoring

  • Thu 14 Jul 22

    13:00 - 14:00

  • Colchester Campus

    STEM 3.1

  • Event speaker

    Alessia Bani

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Life Sciences, School of

  • Contact details

    Alex Dumbrell

Please note that this event has changed from 30th June to 14th July. The room number is STEM 3.1.

Environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis has recently become a popular non-invasive genetic technique to monitor species presence/absence and distribution across a variety of different environments.

Here Alessia Bani will present the use of eDNA to monitor the coral reef biodiversity in the heart of the coral triangle across the Wallacea region (Indonesia). She will present data on the reef communities across multiple taxonomic domains, and demonstrate how the community will change after exposure to anthropogenic stressors.

This data will help reef coral managers and conservationists to design biodiversity mitigation and management strategies.


Alessia has both a BSc and MSc in Biotechnology from the University of Florence which sparked her interest in the application of Next Generation Sequencing to microbial ecology. As a PhD student at the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen she applied this interest to investigate the role of microbial communities in leaf litter decomposition and nutrient cycling.

After a brief post doc at Università Statale di Milano applying NGS techniques to optimize the circular economy of wastewater and microalgae production she moved to the University of Essex. Here she has been involved in different projects all sharing the main core research interest: molecular ecology. Her main research interest now is the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) for biomonitoring of coral reef communities.

How to attend

This seminar is being held in person on Colchester Campus, in STEM 3.1. You can also watch via Zoom (meeting ID: 925 4561 0277)

If you have any queries about this seminar please email Professor Alex Dumbrell (adumb@essex.ac.uk).

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