Successful molecular detection studies require clear communication among diverse research partners

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
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Abstract

Molecular detection techniques are powerful tools used in ecological applications ranging from diet analyses to pathogen surveillance. Research partnerships that use these tools often involve collaboration among professionals with expertise in field biology, laboratory techniques, quantitative modeling, wildlife disease, and natural resource management. However, in many cases, each of these collaborators lacks specific knowledge about the approaches, decisions, methods, and terminology used by their research partners, which can impede effective communication and act as a barrier to the efficient use of molecular data for ecological inferences and subsequent conservation decision making. We outline a collaborative framework to assist colleagues with diverse types of expertise to effectively translate their scientific and management needs to research partners from other specialties. The molecular techniques used to detect organisms will continue to advance both in sophistication and in the breadth of ecological applications. Our objective is to enable ecologists to harness the full utility of these methods by developing effective collaborative partnerships.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Successful molecular detection studies require clear communication among diverse research partners
Series title Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
DOI 10.1002/fee.2141
Volume 18
Issue 1
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher Ecological Society of America
Contributing office(s) National Wildlife Health Center, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 9 p.
First page 43
Last page 51
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