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  • Developing metabarcoding tools for environmental DNA-based biomonitoring in aquatic ecosystems

    17 April, by Cathryn Abbott

    A 2-year NSERC Visiting Fellow Post Doctoral position is available at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, British Columbia. The successful candidate will play a lead role in a multi-disciplinary project on validating the use of environmental DNA (eDNA)-based metabarcoding (targeting meoifauna) for benthic impact assessments of salmon farms in coastal British Columbia. Salmon aquaculture causes organic enrichment of surrounding sediments which affects biodiversity and biomass of benthic fauna concomitant with sediment chemical changes. Existing environmental impact assessments rely on manual morpho-taxonomy or abiotic proxies of organic loading with uncertain accuracy. The project aims to develop an efficient and reliable lower-cost alternative based on cataloging the diversity and abundance of benthic communities through metabarcoding of environmental DNA (eDNA).
    To be considered for this position, please send your CV and brief email text explaining your suitability to (...)

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  • BRANDNER Melissa
    • University of Nordland
    • Bodø (Norway)
  • BROCHMANN Christian
    • National Centre for Biosystematics
    • Oslo (Norway)
  • CHARITON Anthony
    • CSIRO Land and Water
    • Lucas Heights NA (Australia)
  • DEAGLE Bruce
    • University of Victoria
    • Victoria (Canada)
  • Eric Coissac
    • LECA
    • Grenoble (France)
  • KASAPIDIS Panagiotis
    • Hellenic Center for Marine Research
    • Irakleion, Crete (Greece)
  • PAWLOWSKI Jan
    • Université de Genève
    • Genève 4 (Switzerland)
  • TABERLET Pierre
    • LECA,
    • Grenoble (France)
  • WILLERSLEV Eske
    • Centre for GeoGenetics
    • Copenhagen (Denmark)
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  • Vodka, Bison and Metabarcoding

    31 July 2015, by BRANDNER Melissa

    The start of last month saw the occurrence of the Fifth Metabarcoding Spring School held in Białowieża National Park , Poland. A variety of scientists attended from all over the globe to learn, share and inspire with unique stories of metabarcoding.
    The scientists at the Mammal Research Institute PAS in Białowieża National Park hosted this year’s workshop. And our hats go off to them for the organizational skills, warmth and hospitality. During the week, experienced metabarcoders gave lectures on their trials and tribulations in the field of metabarcoding, sparking conversations between the attendees. The end of the first day saw flash talks from all participants of the event, creating an icebreaker and showing the wide variety of applications for metabarcoding, including, dietary studies, environmental health, fundamental ecology and exploration of rare and ancient habitats.
    Pierre Taberlet (who is rumoured to run 8000 PCR a day!) taught technical aspects such as DNA extraction in (...)

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