Joe is a freshwater ecologist with extensive academic and consultancy experience. His postdoctorate was spent assessing Colombia’s mega-biodiverse freshwater ecosystems. Joe more recently switched from relying on traditional survey approaches to assess biodiversity to detecting species from the genetic material they leave behind in the environment, a.k.a ‘environmental DNA (eDNA)’. This tool provides a quantitative snapshot of present ecosystem biodiversity that is sensitive, rapid, thorough and non-invasive. Joe recently joined NatureMetrics, which has commercialised the use of eDNA tools to assess and monitor ecosystems all over the world. He works in the extractives team to deliver the best possible biodiversity data assisting all stages of the project life cycle.