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Students Sampling

One-hundred and sixty 6th graders have been collecting environmental DNA samples to help Cornell scientists monitor the range of invasive and endangered fish species in New York's waterways, engaging in hands-on science and learning about the balance of ecosystems.
Round goby

I don’t usually think of myself as a detective. I tell folks that we at the Aquatic Animal Health Program investigate fish kills for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)....
Diamondback Terrapin

Cornell scientists and partners have discovered that saxitoxin, a potent neurotoxin from algal blooms, was the cause of a massive die-off of diamondback terrapin turtles and fish. Understanding what's happening in this fragile ecosystem is key to preventing future crises - for wildlife and people.
Kids and fish

Hundreds of students ranging from fourth-graders to high school seniors across New York State are engaging in a hands-on scientific project with Cornell University by collecting water samples and evaluating environmental DNA to monitor the spread of invasive fish species, providing a real-world lesson in ecology and environmental management.
hammerhead shark swimming

A new study of shark DNA, including from great white and great hammerhead sharks, reveals unique modifications in their immunity genes that may underlie their rapid wound healing and possibly higher resistance to cancers.