Whether you’re in academia, industry, an NGO, a regulatory body or even a competitor, we can achieve great things by working together.

As one of our five core values, collaboration is key to our way of business, and our capabilities are continually improved through two-way knowledge exchange between ourselves and our clients and partners. Together, we develop the tools to better address the global challenge of biodiversity conservation.

Explore the nature solutions that our collaborations are built from, using DNA from water, soils and sediments, and identifying species from faeces and bulk samples. Uncover the innovation and molecular analysis methods that are revolutionising biodiversity monitoring.

  • Industry
  • Academia
  • Co-supervising students
  • Multi-stakeholder platforms for informing policy
  • NGO’s and Citizen Science
  • UK Business & Biodiversity Forum
    • As a steering committee member, Kat has actively been involved in the establishment of this new forum for bringing biodiversity into the core of UK business decision making for achieving net gain and promoting sustainable use of nature.
  • The Biodiversity Consultancy
    • We are working with TBC to explore how DNA-based monitoring can be used in the context of the mitigation hierarchy for achieving No Let Loss of biodiversity. We have co-authored an Industry Briefing Note and worked together to optimise detection of great apes from eDNA.
  • NatureSpace
    • We are one of the founding partners in NatureSpace and provide GCN analyses to support the development of habitat models for District Level Licencing and evaluating the success of newly created GCN habitat via the Newt Conservation Partnership.
  • AquaBiota Water Research
    • We have a commercial partnership with Aquabiota, with whom we have delivered over 40 projects in Swedish Freshwater ecosystems, in the Baltic Sea and in the Arctic
  • eDNA for NPI: Together with the Business and Biodiversity team at Fauna and Flora International, we have recently established a working group on the use of DNA-based tools for monitoring success in achieving Net Positive Impact for biodiversity in industry projects.  Members include major extractives companies and leading biodiversity consultancies.
    • Bardsley X
      • We are working on a pilot soil project with Bardsley X to develop commercial agricultural applications related to the soil microbiome.
    • INBO
      • Our collaborations with Dr Rein Brys from INBO (Belgium) span technical aspects of aquatic eDNA analysis, pollen metabarcoding and diet assessment of invasive fish species
    • CIBIO
      • We are working with researchers at CIBIO (Portugal) to compare MiSeq and MinION sequencing for fish eDNA metabarcoding and soil community assessment.
    • Queen Mary’s University
      • We are collaborating with Dr Beth Clare on the development of an airDNA sampler, and new products and services for agricultural monitoring.
    • Fraunhofer IME
      • We’re working with Dr Cecilia Diaz at Fraunhofer IME (Germany) to develop the use of Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM) as source material for eDNA projects
    • Plant ID
      • We are a partner organisation of Plant ID, a Marie Curie ITN programme (EU Horizon 2020) focused on molecular identification of plants and plant products.
    • Prof Douglas Yu (UEA and KIZ, China)
      • We have a long term and ongoing collaboration with UEA and KIZ through our co-founder Prof Douglas Yu
    • mereRITA
      • The mereRITA team have used our filters in their monitoring and assessments of the Estonian sea
    • University of Hull (Dr Kat Bruce)
      • Sara Peixoto’s PhD on eDNA methods for detecting and monitoring Zebra Mussels
    • Imperial College London (Dr Kat Bruce)
      • Rosie Dowell’s CASE studentship on developing eDNA methods for marine biomonitoring in the Indian Ocean
    • University of Copenhagen (Dr Alex Crampton-Platt, Dr Kat Bruce)
      • Physalia Chua’s PhD studentship under the Plant ID project, developing metabarcoding and mitochondrial metagenomics methods for understanding the diet of capercaillies
    • Stellenbosch University (Dr Kat Bruce)
      • Jamila Jamal’s MSc on eDNA-based monitoring of fish for evaluation of community-led marine protected areas in Inhambane Bay, Mozambique
    • University of Sussex and University of Portsmouth (Katie Critchlow)
      • A PhD studentship on understanding restoration pathways using ecoacoustics and eDNA for coastal rewilding and food security. Due to start in 2021.
    • DNAqua-Net
      • Our Co-Founder, Dr Kat Bruce, is leading the working group on field and laboratory methods, which brings together the knowledge and expertise of several hundred researchers from across Europe.
    • Life-DNAquatic
      • A collaborative project funded by the Swedish EPA and led by our partners AquaBiota, along with INBO, MoRe Research and the University of Hull. The aim is to develop standardised methods for long term monitoring of aquatic ecosystems in Sweden, with globally relevant learnings.
    • UK DNA Working Group
      • Our Co-Founder, Dr Kat Bruce, is a steering group member alongside other regulators and academics in the UK, and we regularly participate in and present at the UK DNA Working Group meetings.
    • 1,000 rivers
      • Along with the University of Hull and University of Highlands and Islands, we developed an international citizen science project that aims to profiling the fish communities of 1000 rivers around the North Atlantic, and we are currently 15 % of the way to achieving our target.
    • ARBRE
      • We are working with ARBRE to develop methods for surveying marine mammals in the Indian Ocean, specifically in the waters surrounding La Reunion.
    • WCS Mozambique
      • We have partnered with WCS Mozambique to develop a long-term monitoring strategy for Niassa National Reserve using eDNA for vertebrate biodiversity assessment. We have also worked together on Phase 1 of a GCRF-funded project on coastal marine biodiversity in Mozambique, with phase 2 due to start in 2021 subject to confirmation of funding.
    • University of Guelph
      • Our collaborator Dr Bettina Thalinger is using the NatureMetrics eDNA filters for Citizen Science project in Canada.
    • WWF Peru
      • Since 2018 we have been working with the team at WWF Peru on a  significant landscape-scale biodiversity baselining project in the Northern Peruvian Amazon. We have also worked together on a Citizen Science project to provide eDNA training to local tour guides.
      • Freshwater Habitats Trust and National Trust
        • We are working together with Dr Jeremy Biggs and Dr Naomi Ewald at Freshwater Habitats Trust, and Dr Stewart Clarke at National Trust on the development of a national-scale citizen science programme for biodiversity assessment of small water bodies.
      • IUCN
        • We have partnered with the freshwater specialist team at IUCN to develop a global freshwater citizen science programme that will launch in early 2021.
      • Fauna & Flora International
        • We are collaborating with FFI to support the conservation of species under threat in West Africa.

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