Dr. Richard C. Edmunds is a Research Officer at TropWATER focusing on environmental DNA (eDNA) research methods for the enhancement of conservation efforts (e.g., removal of invasive and protection of endangered species). This work builds on his previous research and personal interest in molecular genetics and functional genomics.

Originally from the USA, Richard came to JCU back in 2006 to undertake his Ph.D. on the thermal adaptation of barramundi, after which he returned to the USA for two post-doctoral positions (Institute of Neuroscience and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ecotoxicology Program) before returning to Townsville in early 2017 to commence his current position as a Research Officer at TropWATER.

  • To have a positive impact on both local communities and global societies through the generation and understanding of relevant, applied, real-world scientific data.
  • Functional genomics of environmental stressors on embryonic fish development (e.g., cardiotoxicity).
  • Molecular evolution of phenotypes.
  • Detection of targeted species' DNA in environmental water samples (i.e., guiding conservation efforts).
  • Educating the next generation of scientists through analogy-, conversation-, and practical-based teaching. It is often forgotten that a Ph.D. is a degree in philosophy!
  • 2017 to 2020 - Research Officer, TropWATER (Townsville, QLD (AUS))
  • 2011 to 2015 - NRC Research Associate, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (Seattle, WA (USA))
  • 2009 to 2011 - Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Oregon, Institute of Neuroscience (Eugene, OR (USA))
  • 2006 to 2009 - Ph.D. Candidate, James Cook University (Townsville, QLD (AUS))
Research Disciplines
  • 2004 - Louis Odell Award for Outstanding Biology Major
  • 2009 to 2011 - Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2003 to 2004 - TriBeta Biological Society
  • 2011 to 2015 - National Research Council Research Associateship

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Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) - Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub

The Northern Australia eDNA Program - Revolutionising Aquatic Monitoring and Field Surveys in Tropical Waters

Indicative Funding
$570,000 over 3 years
All organisms shed DNA into their environment. This is termed environment DNA (eDNA). Capture and analysis of eDNA (in soil or water samples) is a highly efficient and sensitive method to detect the presence of a wide range of species without actually requiring physical capture, or sighting of the organisms themselves. eDNA field sampling can involve as little as collecting water samples and
Damien Burrows, Jan Strugnell, Roger Huerlimann, Richard C Edmunds and Dean Jerry (TropWATER and College of Science & Engineering)
eDNA; Threatened Species; Northern Australia; exotic pest species; aquatic monitoring; Genetics

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