Ian King, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

I completed my PhD in Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at the University of California, Riverside, working under Paul De Ley in the Department of Nematology. My research involved establishing a biomonitoring programme using free-living nematodes for the restoration-in-progress of the largest wetland in southern California. This experience, as well as my involvement in numerous other biomonitoring projects, led to my current interest in environmental biomonitoring through next-generation sequencing. My more general interests relate to 1) using environmental DNA (eDNA) for biodiversity assessment and biomonitoring of endangered and invasive species; 2) the ecology of free-living marine, freshwater and terrestrial nematodes; and 3) plant-parasitic nematodes of agricultural importance. I am currently a Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Hajibabaei lab, working with my industrial partner, Dougan & Associates.

Contact Information:

Email: kingi AT uoguelph DOT ca

Website: ianwmking DOT com


Shokralla S, Hellberg RS, Handy SM, King I, Hajibabaei M (2015) A DNA mini-barcoding system for authentication of processed fish products. Scientific Reports 5: 15894. doi:10.1038/srep15894

Gibson JF, Shokralla S, Curry C, Baird DJ, Monk WA, King I, Hajibabaei M (2015) Large-scale biomonitoring of remote and threatened ecosystems via high-throughput sequencing. PLOS ONE 10(10): e0138432. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0138432

Gibson JF, Shokralla S, Porter T, King I, van Konynenburg S, Janzen D, Hallwachs W, Hajibabaei M (2014) Simultaneous assessment of the macrobiome and microbiome in a bulk sample of tropical arthropods through DNA metasystematics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 111: 8007-8012.

Neira C, King I, Mendoza G, Sellanes J, De Ley P, Levin L (2013) Nematode community structure along a central Chile margin transect influenced by the oxygen minimum zone. Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 78: 1-15.

King I, Mundo-Ocampo M, De Ley P (2010) Xyala finneyae sp. n. (Nematoda: Xyalidae), from the intertidal region of the eastern Gulf of California, Mexico. Nematology 12(5):  673-680.

King I (2009) The need for the incorporation of phylogeny in the measurement of biological diversity, with special reference to ecosystem functioning research. BioEssays 31(1): 107-116.

Mundo-Ocampo M, Lambshead PJD, Debenham N, King I, De Ley P, Baldwin JG, Tandingan De Ley I, Rocha-O. A, Waumann D, Thomas WK, Packer M, Boucher G (2007) Biodiversity of littoral nematodes from two sites in the Gulf of California. Hydrobiologia 586: 179–189.

Yoder M, Tandingan De Ley I, King I, Mundo-Ocampo M, Mann J, Blaxter M, Poiras L, De Ley P (2006) DESS: a versatile solution for preserving morphology and extractable DNA of nematodes. Nematology 8(3): 367376.

Yeow H-W, Finney-Crawley JR, Lawlor J, King (1999) Free-living nematode assemblages downstream from a pulp and paper mill in Humber Arm, Newfoundland. Russian Journal of Nematology 7(2): 95103.

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