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Thomas W. Franklin

Thomas W. Franklin
eDNA Program Leader
Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecosystems
800 East Beckwith Avenue
Missoula, MT 59801-5801
United States
Phone
406-542-4171
Education
  • Appalachian State University, M.S., Ecology & Evolution, 2016
  • Appalachian State University, B.S. Biology, Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Science, 2014
Other Publications
Citations of Non-Forest Service Publications
  • Young, Michael K.; Isaak, Daniel J.; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Schwartz, Michael K.; Carim, Kellie J.; Fredenberg, Wade; Wilcox, Taylor M.; Franklin, Thomas W.; Chandler, Gwynne L.; Nagel, David E.; Parkes-Payne, Sharon L.; Horan, Dona L.; Wollrab, Sherry P. 2017. Species occurrence data from the Range-Wide Bull Trout eDNA Project. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive. https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2017-0038.

  • Schwartz, M. K., Young, M.K., McKelvey, K.S., Isaak, D.J., Nagel, D.E., Franklin, T.W., Greaves, S.E., Dysthe, J.C., Chandler, G.L., Wollrab, S.P., Carim, K.J., Wilcox, T.M., Parkes-Payne, S.L., Horan, D.L. 2018. Species occurrence data from the Aquatic eDNAtlas database. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive. DOI Pending.

Research Highlights

Rare Carnivore Detections from Environmental DNA in Snow

Year: 2019
A USDA Forest Service study showed that animal footprints in snow contain enough DNA for species identification, even when the snow was many months old. The study extracted DNA from snow samples collected within animal tracks as well as areas where the animal had been photographed months earlier. Ne...

No Fish Left Behind: Using eDNA Sampling to Inform Fish Eradication Efforts

Year: 2020
Environmental DNA methods are highly sensitive and accurate, making them ideal for detecting animals at low densities. However, this tool also comes with its own unique set of challenges when applied to efforts to eradicate invasive species. This research explores the use of eDNA for evaluating inva...
https://www.fs.usda.gov/research/about/people/thomasfranklin