Starting June 27th, I will be developing an eDNA (that’s environmental deoxyribonucleic acid) assay for invasive and POTENTIALLY invasive species in the Great Lakes. This position is at the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center in Oregon, OH. I am excited to be working on an important project such as this one, the final products of which will enable researchers and managers to quickly identify the presence of invasive species within water systems. In the meantime, I’m finishing up my work on the biomass removal effects on forest community ecology project at Purdue. Just this past weekend (May 30-31), I presented early results of this multi-PI project at the Carnegie Museum’s salvage logging and ecology symposium at Powdermill Nature Reserve in Rector, Pennsylvania. Lots of interesting forestry research going on in this field!