University of Nottingham Malaysia

International Symposium on Environmental DNA for Conservation and Biomonitoring in Southeast Asia 2023


About the Symposium

The application of environmental DNA (eDNA) in biomonitoring has taken off in recent years in Southeast Asia, due to better availability of omics platforms and expertise. Environmental DNA is now being used in biodiversity surveys, to monitor population dynamics and movement of threatened and economically important species and assess response of species and communities to environmental change. This inaugural symposium aims to bring together eDNA researchers to discuss the opportunities and challenges in the Southeast Asia region and beyond.

The symposium is held in conjunction with the 4th International Workshop for Mangrove Biodiversity Studies by eDNA Metabarcoding 2023 (11-19 Mar 2023)

Symposium Dates: 

14 March 2023


The University of Nottingham Teaching Centre
Level 2, Chulan Tower
No.3 Jalan Conlay
50450 Kuala Lumpur


Delegates (non-student):




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Important Dates

Registration open: 06 February 2023

Closing for Extended Abstracts: 24 February 2023 

Program finalised; presenters notified: 28 February 2023

Registration closed (no walk-in): 10 March 2023

ISEDCAB 2023 Symposium: 14 March 2023

Symposium programme 






Arrival & registration


Welcome speech 

Prof. Sarah Metcalfe

(Provost and CEO UNM)


Welcome address & housekeeping from the organising committee

Dr Alison Wee


Challenges to Understand Global Mangrove Biodiversity using eDNA Metabarcoding

Prof. Tadashi Kajita


Developing Cost- and Time-efficient eDNA Protocols for Surveying Freshwater Mussels in Tropical Rivers

Dr Alexandra Zieritz


Morning break & poster viewing



Next-generation Biodiversity Monitoring Using Genome-side SNPs and eDNA Analysis

Prof Yoshihisa Suyama


Lightning talks (poster session)


Splash, splash.  Who’s there? Assessing a megadiverse but poorly known community of fishes in a tropical mangrove estuary through environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding

Danial Hariz Zainal Abidin

The potential of eDNA metabarcoding for mangrove ichthyofauna survey in Peninsular Malaysia

Leanne Frances Yee

Fish diversity monitored by eDNA: A case study from mangrove ecosystem of Thailand 

Itchika Sivaipram

MiFish eDNA metabarcoding analysis in mangrove ecosystem in Nakara River at Iriomote island, Japan

Yukinobu Isowa

Applications and limitations of eDNA metabarcoding to assess fish biodiversity in the seascape of Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon, Eastern Philippines

Camila Frances P. Naputo

Monitoring fish biodiversity using eDNA metabarcoding in the newly registered World Natural Heritage Site: Iriomote Island, Okinawa, Japan

Bernadeth Grace S. Pananganan

Creating a reference database for eDNA decapod research in Akkeshi Bay

Kanako Iguchi

Where and when to sample: Investigating spatio-temporal variation of community assemblages in kelp forest systems with eDNA metabarcoding

Emma Rossouw

Potential environmental DNA approach to complement biodiversity monitoring in strengthening the CITES regulation of the Asian Bonytongue, Scleropages formosus (Teleostei: Osteoglossidae) in Malaysia

Haslawati Baharuddin

New record of digenean trematode parasite infestation on snail in Sabah, Malaysia

Jasrul Dulipat

The placement of Sabah Dryopteris (fern) within Asian Dryopteris

Florina Anthony

Effect of tidal zones on the diversity and distribution of gastropods in mangroves of South Andaman Islands, India

Pridvi Raj Gutthavilli


A Review on Next-Generation Wildlife Monitoring using Environmental DNA (eDNA)

Nursyuhada Othman


Group photo



Poster viewing


Oral presentations


Oral 1 Ecology, evolution and conservation of Brazilian mangrove trees and forests: adding eDNA to the molecular toolkit

Gustavo M. Mori


Oral 2 Morphological and molecular monitoring of fish in east coastal of North Sumatera and Aceh, Indonesia

Mohammad Basyuni


Oral 3 Enhancing invasive fish detection through the integration of complementary sampling strategies in environmental DNA analysis

Saba Abdulwakil Olawale


Oral 4 Marine mammals monitoring in Southeast Asia: An eDNA perspective

Sivakumar Kannan


Oral 5 Metagenomic insights on the phylogenetic and functional characteristics of sediment microbiota from Malaysian mangroves and seagrasses

Nur Hidayah Hamdan


Oral 6 Assessment and monitoring of fish biodiversity in a Malaysian tropical peat swamp forest

Muhammad Azamuddeen bin Mohammad Nasir


Oral 7 Using environmental DNA (eDNA) to access the diversity of sharks and rays in Tioman Island, Malaysia

Loh Kar Hoe


Oral 8 eDNA-based approach for detecting Chitala ornata (Teleostei: Notopteridae), an invasive species of freshwater fishes in Malaysia

Muhamad Hanif Iryani Bin Adnan


Oral 9 Developing an environmental DNA species-specific assay to monitor endangered Asian Arowana in Malaysia

Norli Fauzani Mohd Abu Hassan Alshari


Afternoon break

Poster viewing session 

Poster presenters to be next to poster


Closing remarks

Organising Committee

Chair of the Organising Committee

Dr Alison Wee Kim Shan
School of Environmental Geographical Sciences
University of Nottingham Malaysia

Alison Wee Kim Shan


Scientific Committee

Professor Tadashi Kajita
Tropical Biosphere Research Center
University of the Ryukyus, Japan

Tadashi Kajita


Scientific Committee

Professor Chin Chiew Foan
School of Biosciences
University of Nottingham Malaysia

Chin Chiew Foan


Scientific Committee

Dr Amy Then Yee Hui
Institute of Biological Sciences
Universiti Malaya

Amy Then Yee Hui


ISEDCAB 2023 Secretary

Dr Cecilia Chu
School of Environmental Geographical Sciences
University of Nottingham Malaysia

Cecilia Chu


ISEDCAB 2023 Publicity

Dr Sivathass Bannir Selvam
School of Environmental Geographical Sciences
University of Nottingham Malaysia

Sivathass Bannir Selvam



Registration and Payment Method 

To register your participation please fill up the form in the following link:

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Notes on registration:

  • After submitting the online form, the Organizing Committee will send an individual invoice to your email.
  • Please make the payment within 7 days and send the proof of payment to to complete the registration process.
  • The official receipt will be issued once the registration process is completed.  


1. Bank Transfer
Bank: HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad
Account name: The University of Nottingham in Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Account number: 301-879391-101
Swift code: HBMBMYKL

2. Online Payment
(select “ISEDCAB2023”)

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