The main research goal of AQUAINVAD-ED is to exploit novel molecular advances combined with the power of crowd data sourcing (citizen science) to develop innovative methods of early detection, control and management of AIS.

Congratulations to our ESR Iva Johovic who has recently begun working with the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna since completing her PhD !


January 24th, 2019

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We are looking for a two year Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental DNA based approaches for marine and aquatic monitoring and evaluation.

Background: Previous research suggests that environmental DNA (eDNA) has the potential of providing information about the macroorganisms inhabiting a certain aquatic environment without the need of seeing or sampling them.An increasing number of studies are applying this method to study marine and, particularly, freshwater environments, suggesting its potential to ease aquatic monitoring. Yet, no evaluation or management programs integrate eDNA based estimates as environment or resources status indicators, probably to a lack of i) standardized procedures, ii) thorough evaluation of eDNA derived measured as indicators, iii) communication with relevant stakeholders and iv) technology transfer to service providers. Moreover, eDNA has been almost exclusively explored as a tool to derive taxonomic composition of an environment, but there are other potential applications of eDNA (such as genetic diversity estimations) that could provide additional management relevant biological anthropological information.

Objectives: Using four case studies that span three aquatic environments (river, estuary and ocean) and that focus on diadromous fish, commercial marine fish, deep-water elasmobranch and fish, and cetaceans and birds to tackle these questions, the project aims at developing and evaluating eDNA based indicators that will be integrated in to environment and resources evaluation programs. The project will also include the exploration of wider range of applications of eDNA beyond community composition studies and the development of standardized and logistically viable procedures for deriving relevant data from eDNA.

Funding: The State Research Agency (AEI) of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness of Spain. (Project: CTM2017-89500-R) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).



  • PhD in a relevant discipline (biology, genetics, bioinformatics, etc.).
  • Experience in analysing high-throughput sequencing data for biodiversity analyses
  • Good level of written and spoken English
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills

Other valued skills:

  • Experience in other high-throughput sequencing applications
  • Knowledge of Unix, R, programming (python, perl…)
  • Experience in eDNA field sampling
  • Experience in molecular laboratory techniques
  • Experience in fisheries management-related research
  • Result oriented working capacity
  • Availability to travel
  • Project management
  • Driving licence


  • Prospective candidates should upload Cover letter and CV before February 25.

For more information on the position, interested candidates can directly contact Naiara Rodriguez-Ezpeleta (

January 22nd, 2019

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ESR 2  Marta Rodríguez-Rey based at Swansea University successfully defended her Thesis during December – congratulations Dr Rodríguez-Rey !


December 18th, 2018

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Congratulations to our ESR Phillip Haubrock who has recently secured his first post-doc at the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt, Department of River Ecology and Conservation.

December 11th, 2018

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PhD student recently presented her work on using DNA for ballast water management at RetoLastre .

The day was organised by our project partners AZTI in collaboration with the Port of Bilbao and was held on December 10 , aimed at companies in the port sector and technology and training centers it focused on the International Convention of Ballast Water.

December 11th, 2018

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ESR 5 Sabine Rech has been awarded her PhD following the successful defence of her Thesis, Congratulations Sabine !


November 15th, 2018

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ESR 7 Phillip Haubrock has published and article on the ‘Control and eradication efforts of aquatic alien fish species in Lake Caicedo Yuso-Arreo’

October 12th, 2018

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Sabine Rech, our ESR based at the University of Oviedo, has recently had another article published in Science Direct.

October 12th, 2018

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All 8 Early Stage Researchers employed on the Aquainvad-ED project (pictured below at ATC3 with colleagues and supervisors) will present their research on Aquatic Invasive Species at Neobiota 2018 in Dun Laoghaire via talks, speed talks and posters.


June 26th, 2018

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Anaïs Rey has recently begun her secondment at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and here tells us a little more about the work she had been doing:

“During my stay in the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, I had the opportunity to go on-board bulk carrier vessels to sample ballast waters and also to sample water from the port were the ballast waters were discharged”.



“Our team (Dr Jenny Carney, Kevin Mitchell and myself) sampled 7 vessels coming from Europe with different ballast water managements. The aim of this study is to apply DNA Metabarcoding to develop an easy, standardised and representative sampling protocol to characterise the community discharged with ballast water”.




October 20th, 2017

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