We're leading the way with environmental DNA

Environmental deoxyribonucleic acid (eDNA) is DNA that is naturally shed by organisms into their environment, such as streams, rivers, oceans, soils, even in fecal matter. By sampling the habitat in which species live, we can detect their presence without having to capture, handle, or even see the organisms we are looking for.

From conserving biodiversity to aquaculture monitoring, environmental DNA (eDNA) tools are proving to be reliable, sensitive, species-specific, and safe for the organisms being studied and the habitats in which they live. We have a growing number of DNA laboratory partners so that we can provide eDNA services where you work.

Compared to conventional survey methods involving capture or observation, eDNA tools are more cost-effective, safer for field staff, and can provide rapid results in the field to detect the species being studied, with the potential to shave substantial time off of your project  schedule.

Whether used as another survey tool in the toolbox, or on its own, the applications of eDNA methods are expanding rapidly and the benefits are clear. 

For more information contact eDNA@stantec.com.

Global Leaders in Applied eDNA

Our global team samples habitats for environmental DNA (eDNA) for a safer, faster and less costly way to help preserve biodiversity.

Embracing a new eDNA Technology

Conventional methods of observing and detecting aquatic species can be time consuming, expensive, and harmful to the target species or their environment. Using eDNA sampling, we can perform non-invasive surveys for the presence of these creatures—potentially saving your projects time and money. Read More

Disrupting species identification: eDNA and identifying organisms in the field

Some conventional species identification relies only on visual categorization. This can be troublesome with similar-looking species or incomplete specimens. Partnering with the University of Guelph to develop eDNA techniques as well as a pocket lab that brings testing to the field, Mary Murdoch is pioneering this technology. Read More
Environmental DNA tools are sensitive, economical, and employ state of the science technology for monitoring species presence
Dedicated staff

More than 125 species specific or targeted assay developed for the detection of eDNA.
Our team has over 20 staff with eDNA training and application.
With three continents where we use eDNA tools we have endless potential.


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Our Partners

  • Nature Metrics
    Nature Metrics From bacteria to blue whales, Nature Metrics helps monitor biodiversity in contexts ranging from conservation to environmental impact assessments.
  • Genidaqs
    Genidaqs Designing eDNA projects from start to finish by applying best available science and peer-reviewed protocol to support your goals and objectives.
  • Bureau Veritas
    Bureau Veritas Bureau Veritas Laboratories is a North American provider of analytical services and solutions. We are proud to be the first Canadian laboratory accredited to ISO 17025 for eDNA testing.

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