JonahWater aquatic eDNA kits

Reveal the hidden world of algae and fish in your water

Our JonahWater aquatic eDNA kits will be made available to citizens, managers, and scientists across the country

The kits will provide a simple, quick, and inexpensive way to survey aquatic biodiversity and assess water quality

Currently, these kits are available for beta testing. Each participant will receive their own JonahWater kit to test as well as access to the JonahWater mobile app and data portal

Participants are asked to sample water according to the provided instructions, record meta-data, and send in the kit to the Jonah Ventures lab

Samples will be analyzed for phytoplankton and fish DNA via Next Generation Sequencing

Additional analyses are available by request

Results will be made available in 4-6 weeks

Once kits are received, go to

The Jonah Ventures team is excited to offer this simple kit for sampling environmental DNA. It truly has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of aquatic biodiversity and water quality.

Joe Craine, PhD

Co-Founder, Jonah Ventures

Currently, we have sent out all of our beta test kits for this round. Stay tuned for more news!


What will I receive if I participate?

Each participant will receive a JonahWater aquatic eDNA kit mailed to their address. It will contain all necessary materials to sample and filter water as well as a postage-paid return envelope.

Am I guaranteed a kit if I sign up here?

We cannot guarantee that all volunteers will receive a kit. We have a limited number of kits that we can send out at this point.

Are there any costs?

There are no costs to the participant. The kits are free and all postage is included.

How will I get to see my data?

All data will be returned via the JonahWater data portal. Users will receive an email when their data are ready to be viewed.

Do I need Android or iOS?

Participants will need to download a mobile app. It will be available in both Android and iOS.

What are the instructions?

Each kit will have a card with instructions:

Thank you for participating in the Beta test of the JonahWaterTM Aquatic Environmental Kit. Here are some simple steps to follow:

1)  Create a user account at

2)  Activate your eDNA kit at You will need to register your 8-character kit ID (found on the cup) with our database.

3)  Go to the iOS or Google Play App store and download the JonahWater app

(free). You will use this to record data at your site.

4)  Go to your favorite freshwater location. It can be a lake, pond, river, stream, swamp…

5)  Follow instructions for sampling included.

6)  After 4-6 weeks, we should send you an email with a link to your results!

Thanks again for assisting us. We are hoping that everyone can get us samples back within 2 weeks for our first round of sequencing, but will accept them afterwards, too. If there are any questions, feel free to email them to


Jonah Ventures
5485 Conestoga Ct #210, 
Boulder, CO 80301
(720) 515-6624

Jonah Ventures