UCLA graduate student Tiara Moore collects eDNA samples from SoCal lagoons

Ever wonder what precious lagoon ecosystems hold? Fong Lab doctoral student Tiara Moore and undergraduate volunteers went to Malibu, Newport, and Carpinteria to observe species and sample for eDNA, chemistry, and biological indicators of stress on the ecosystem (to be tested with the new and awesome GeoChip). Check out the photos! We are lucky she went on fieldwork December 1, just before the big fires broke out (that are still burning near Carpinteria).

eDNA from these areas and Tiara's samples could be and important marker for comparing before and after the fire to understand how fire affects California lagoon systems.

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