Biomonitoring 2.0 team publishes NGS biodiversity results in PNAS

Web-Malaise-GibsonPNASstory-SmallThe 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 I (COI), 16S ribosomal, and 18S ribosomal gene regions, the authors were able to accurately detect 91% of the 1,066 individuals morphologically identified from a single Malaise trap from Costa Rica’s Area de Conservación Guanacaste. For the first time bacteria and protozoa were detected in the passively collected mixed arthropod sample, including insect-associated microbes. This latest publication advances the team’s efforts to integrate a metasystematic approach into biodiversity research and monitoring.

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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 diverse range of topics. Joel Gibson, post-doctoral fellow and Biomonitoring 2.0 project manager, captured the audience’s attention with his compelling talk on the merits of DNA metabarcoding approaches. Graduate students Lisa Ledger, Nicole Fahner (also part of Biomonitoring 2.0), and Gina Capretta followed this up with poster presentations on their respective research projects and fielded questions from excited researchers. Of note, Lisa was awarded first place for her poster on environmental metabarcoding for beta diversity assessment of Costa Rican tropical dry forest!




Keys to the Minibar

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 NSERC scholarship for her MSc.

Mehrdad Hajibabaei to deliver public lecture at “Genomics: The Power and the Promise”

GPP-Hajibabaei OttawaDr. 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 for Biodiversity”. More information on the lecture can be found here and registration information can be found here (registration is free for the talk itself, but Museum admission fees apply). A registration form for teachers of grades 9 – 12 who would like their students to attend is available here.