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Science After Hours: What’s in your water?

March 25, 2019 6:30pm to 7:30pm iCal Google Calendar

Science Seminars for Our Community

Please join us for Science After Hours—talks from HPL scientists on current environmental topics presented at the Easton Branch of Talbot County Free Library, 100 W. Dover St. 

Monday, March 25, 6:30-7:30pm

Dr. Louis Plough will give a talk titled “What’s in your water? Understanding what is in our waters using environmental DNA (eDNA)."

The Plough lab at the Horn Point Laboratory uses genetic and genomic tools to understand what is in our waters. Recent research has focused on the population genetics of oyster restoration, blue crab population dynamics, and environment DNA, eDNA, analysis of river herring. 

“The basic idea behind 'eDNA' sampling is that aquatic species leave behind DNA in their environment. A water sample taken in the proximity of a particular species of animal or fish allows detection by the presence of their eDNA. Thus, we can track who is in specific waters," said Louis Plough.

FREE; Register online or contact Carin Starr at or 410-221-8408.

Join us for another Science After Hours event Monday, April 29, with Dr. Tom Fisher, who will give a talk titled "Good news for the Choptank: Improving water quality in the estuary.”