A Van What? eDNA sampling on Lake Vermillion

Environmental DNA, or ‘eDNA’ for short, is the DNA that organisms shed into their habitats. DNA can come from skin cells, mucous, urine, and more. Collecting water samples is one way to quickly and easily capture eDNA. Watch the video to learn about the 'Van Dorn Sampler'—a special piece of equipment that helps our researchers are currently using to study eDNA distribution at various water depths and locations in a lake.