• Project STREAM launched
    Project STREAM, Sequencing the Rivers for Environmental Assessment and Monitoring was officially launched on February 4. Our lab has started an exciting collaboration with WWF-Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Living Lakes Canada and many community groups and citizen scientists to advance the use of environmental DNA metabarcoding to assess […]
  • A productive summer: congrats Siavash and Katie
    Congratulations to Katie McGee for completing her PhD.   Congratulations to Siavash Nazari for completing his MSc Bioinformatics.      
  • From DNA barcodes to biomes
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Theme issue ‘From DNA barcodes to biomes’ co-edited by Paul Hebert, Mehrdad Hajibabaei and, Pete Hollingsworth
  • Congratulations Gina. You made it 🙂
    Gina Capretta made an excellent contribution to our lab’s research with her MSc project on targeted transcriptomics. She also had a great defence day on Thursday and is officially done before xmas break 🙂 Of course, she is also happy to claim her “You Made It” mug.
  • Congratulations Nicole on your MSc thesis defence
    Nicole Fahner defended her thesis on Thursday. Nicole made an excellent contribution as part of the Biomonitoring 2.0 team. Here is Nicole at a local restaurant 1hr after her defence. And soon after.  
  • Congratulations Lisa on your MSc thesis defence
    Lisa Ledger successfully defended her MSc thesis yesterday. Great job, Lisa. One more project completed using samples from our long-term field sites in ACG, Costa Rica. Best wishes to Lisa in her future plans.
  • Our paper among the top downloaded papers in Evolutionary Biology
    Glad to see our paper Next-generation DNA barcoding: using next-generation sequencing to enhance and accelerate DNA barcode capture from single specimens among the top downloaded papers in Evolutionary Biology of Wiley journals. This paper was published in Molecular Ecology Resources and has been the most downloaded article in this journal […]
  • Bio2 Team co-hosts major biomonitoring science forum
    The Environment Canada Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) Team and the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph, co-hosted the 3nd biennial CABIN Science Forum on December 2-3, 2014 in Guelph, Ontario. Previous science forums were held in Vancouver, BC in 2010 and Fredericton, NB in 2012. The 2-day forum […]
  • Hajibabaei and King present at Latornell Conservation Symposium
    Mehrdad Hajibabaei and Ian King gave talks at the 2014 Latornell Conservation Symposium on Wednesday, Nov. 19th. They were part of the session “What’s in Your Water? Ecological Applications of eDNA for Species Detection and Monitoring”. Mehrdad Hajibabaei: “Biodiversity Analysis through Environmental DNA: From Microbes to Mammals”  Ian King: “Using environmental DNA (eDNA) for […]
  • Advances in Ecological Research: Big Data in Ecology
  • DNA metasystematics in the Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge of Costa Rica
    Ph.D. student Katie McGee recently returned from a six-week field research trip of the humid Atlantic lowland rainforests of the Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge (MNWLR) located in the Northern Zone of Costa Rica. She was there under a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) grant, serving as the […]
  • Biomonitoring 2.0 hosts major molecular workshops at the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting
    May, 2014 saw the first ever Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Portland, Oregon. Over 3,500 members of the Society for Freshwater Science, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Phycological Society of America, and Society of Freshwater Scientists gathered for a five-day meeting. Members of the Biomonitoring 2.0 team […]
  • Biomonitoring 2.0 team publishes NGS biodiversity results in PNAS
    The Biomonitoring 2.0 team published their latest findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA. The Gibson et al. study continues the teams’ research into timely, cost-effective approaches to identifying the contents of species-rich mixed environmental samples. Using next-generation sequencing (NGS) of the cytochrome c oxidase subunit […]
  • Student and PostDoc presentations at the OE3C
    The Hajibabaei Lab was well represented at the Ontario Ecology Evolution and Ethology Colloquium (OE3C) held May 8-10th, 2014 at the University of Guelph. Students, post docs, and faculty from universities all over the province (as well as a few out of province) were in attendance, presenting research from a […]
  • Keys to the Minibar
    An article in The Scientist about mini-barcodes and their awesome uses! Keys to the Minibar
  • Congratulations to our scholarship recipients!
    Our lab members had great success in wining major scholarships. Congratulations to our scholarship recipients: Joel Gibson: NSERC PDF (2013-2015) Ian King: MITACS PDF (2013-2015) Gina Capretta: NSERC MSc (2013-14) Nicole Fahner: NSERC MSc (2013-14) We also congratulate our USRA summer and 4th-year project student Sarah Salisbury for winning an […]
  • Mehrdad Hajibabaei to deliver public lecture at “Genomics: The Power and the Promise”
    Dr. Mehrdad Hajibabaei will be presenting a public lecture at 11:15am on Wednesday, November 28th, at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa. The public lecture is part of “Genomics: The Power and the Promise”, a Gairdner Foundation-Genome Canada State-of-the-Science event. The title of the talk will be “Genomics […]
  • Environmental Barcoding in the Costa Rican Tropical Dry Forest: Hajibabaei Lab research in the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.
    In the latest example of the Hajibabaei Lab’s ongoing work with the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG), masters’ student Lisa Ledger and  Steven Blewett, a volunteer research assistant have just returned from a one week field study of the tropical dry forest of Sector Santa Rosa. Tropical dry forest is […]
  • Paper – The golden age of DNA metasystematics
    Mehrdad Hajibabaei has published a new paper entitled “The golden age of DNA metasystematics” in the journal Trends in Genetics. From the Summary: “The convergence of next-generation sequencing and DNA barcoding has sparked a golden age of ‘DNA metasystematics’, allowing researchers to understand the biodiversity of an entire ecosystem solely […]
  • Hajibabaei Lab well represented at Evolution 2012 meeting
    Evolution 2012, a joint conference of the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution, the American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution, the European Society of Evolutionary Biology, and the Society of Systematic Biologists, was held July 6-10 in Ottawa, Ontario. Over 2000 attendees from around the […]