Improve Your Understanding of Water

JonahWater delivers insight into aquatic ecosystems

Our JonahWater services answer questions about species in aquatic ecosystems

We quantify aquatic assemblages by sequencing aquatic environmental DNA .

Using both Quantitative PCR and Next Generation Sequencing, we quantify phytoplankton, macroinvertebrates, fish, and other vertebrates in water.

JonahWater gives you the capacity to quantify

  • Phytoplankton such as cyanobacteria, diatoms, and green algae

  • Macroinvertebrates such as mayflies, chironomids, and mussels

  • Vertebrates such as fish, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians


River miles sampled so far

Sequencing of environmental DNA has the potential to transform our understanding of aquatic ecosystems. Using NGS and qPCR gives managers better data cheaper and faster than traditional techniques. All from 250 milliliters of water…

Joe Craine, PhD

Co-Founder, Jonah Ventures

For quantifying organisms in water, choose from qPCR, qPCR panels, or Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)

Single Species

To quantify single species, we recommend qPCR. qPCR works best for single species when you want to quantify the absolute abundance of DNA in water. False negative rates are lowest here.

Few Species

To quantify small numbers of species (<4), we recommend qPCR. For common applications, like fecal coliform source tracking, we recommend qPCR Panels.


To quantify the relative abundance of species in assemblages, we recommend Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). NGS quantifies large numbers of species¬†within a given taxonomic group (phytoplankton, insects, fish, vertebrates…). NGS is best when relative abundance is desired.

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Water bodies to sample

Desired Technique

Organisms To Measure

Jonah Ventures
1600 Range Street Suite 201
Boulder, CO 80301
(785) 409-1655

Jonah Ventures