Past Seminars

Previous Biodiversity Seminar Series Organizers

Tzitziki Loeza-Quintana, Mari Kekkonen, and Michelle Pyle: Sept 2016 – Dec 2016
Fatima Mitterboeck, Tzitziki Loeza-Quintana, Mari Kekkonen, and Michelle Pyle: May 2016 – August 2016
Rob Young, Fatima Mitterboeck, Tzitziki Loeza-Quintana, Mari Kekkonen, and Michelle Pyle: Jan 2016 – April 2016
Rob Young, Fatima Mitterboeck, Tzitziki Loeza-Quintana, and Mari Kekkonen: Sept 2015 – December 2015
Rob Young, Fatima Mitterboeck, and Tzitziki Loeza-Quintana: Sept 2014 – Sept 2015
Rodger Gwiazdowski: Apr 2014 – Sept 2014
Rodger Gwiazdowski, Adriana Radulovici, and Reza Zahiri: Sept 2013 – Apr 2014
Dirk Steinke: Sept 2011 – Sept 2013

Seminar Series Schedule (Fall 2016)

Date Speaker Affiliation Topic
Sept 22 Jayani Nimanthika National Plant Quarantine Service in Sri Lanka DNA Barcoding: Applications in Plant Quarantine
Mary Namaganda Makerere University, Uganda Research activities at the Makerere University Herbarium (Uganda); the value of including DNA barcoding
Sept 29 Laura Sofía Brenes Chaves Ministerio del Ambiente y Energía, Costa Rica The challenge of establishing the DNA Barcoding in the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) of Costa Rica
Sebastian Marquez National University of Comahue, Argentina Extending and enhancing DNA barcoding in Argentina from a technical view
Oct 06 Terri Porter Natural Resources Canada & Centre for Biodiversity Genomics Fungal ‘omics: Using molecular methods to study fungal phylogeny and ecology
Oct 13 Belén Bukowski Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales, Argentina First genetic assessment of the level of endemism in the avifauna of the Central Sierras in southern South America
Oct 20 Ghulam Sarwar Ministry of Climate Change, Islamabad, Pakistan Pakistan-The Challenge of Biodiversity Conservation
Vanessa Kadosoe National Zoological Collection of Suriname What if we save paradise….
Oct 27 Adrian Luczon Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippines DNA barcoding of Philippine endemic taxa
Nov 3 Stefaniya Kamenova Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph High-throughput molecular methods for studying trophic interactions
Special Tuesday Session 
Dec 6
Nitesh Datt National Plant Protection Office, Biosecurity Authority of Fiji Alien invasive species – a real threat to biosecurity and biodiversity
Tu Van Do Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources,  Vietnam Biodiversity of freshwater mussels and crabs in Vietnam
Dec 15 Taye Birhanu Belay Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute Biodiversity and Access and Benefit Sharing in Ethiopia
Ayşe Yildiz Biotechnology Research Centre, Republic of Turkey Turkey’s Agricultural System and Plant Biodiversity

Seminar Series Schedule (Summer 2016)

Date Speaker Affiliation Topic
May 10 Varun Swamy Duke University Special Tuesday Session
Short- and long-term consequences of defaunation on western Amazonian floodplain forests
May 17 Il-Kwon Kim Korea National Arboretum Special Tuesday Session
Barcode Blitz of Korean insects
May 26 Hanan Shehata Centre for Biodiversity Genomics Molecular and physiological mechanisms underlying antifungal and nutrient acquisition activities of beneficial microbes
June 2 Rafiq Ahad Centre for Biodiversity Genomics Taxonomic complexity, temporal dynamics and roles of microorganisms in the improvement of soil health and plant protection
June 23 Gustavo Betini University of Guelph Climate change impacts on freshwater organisms: the Limnotron facility as a model system
Aug 04 Ramasamy Asokan ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research Silence: The Best Way to Talk Loud!
Anna Moldovan Institute of Zoology, Academy of Sciences of Moldova DNA barcoding, perspectives for development in the Republic of Moldova
Aug 11 Aide Cornielle Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo Biodiversity of the Hispaniola Island and DNA Barcoding in the Dominican Republic
Thulisile Jaca South African National Biodiversity Institute DNA Barcoding in South Africa—An overview
Aug 16 Fatima Mitterboeck University of Guelph Special Tuesday Session
Patterns of molecular evolution associated with repeatedly evolved traits

Seminar Series Schedule (Spring 2016)

Date Speaker Affiliation Topic
Jan 14 Melanie Szweras, Laurence MacPhie, Ian McMillan Bereskin & Parr LLP BRAINS learning
Intellectual property 101: Is my research patentable?
Jan 21 Natalia Ivanova Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph Next generation sequencing at BIO
Jan 28 Sujeevan Ratnasingham Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph Introduction to BOLD 4.0
Feb 25 Nicole Fahner Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph Assessing belowground plant diversity in wetland soil through DNA metabarcoding: Impact of DNA marker selection and analysis of temporal patterns
Mar 2 Jonas Korlach Pacific Biosciences Applications of single molecule, real-time (SMRT) sequencing in metagenomics and biodiversity
Mar 24 Manuel Elias, Martha Valdez El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Chetumal Unit Applications of DNA Barcoding: Biomonitoring Bacalar Lake, one of the best conserved systems in Mexico
Apr 21 Thomas Braukmann Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph The strengths and pitfalls of DNA barcodes for the vascular plants of Canada

Seminar Series Schedule (Fall 2015)

Date Speaker Affiliation Topic
Sep 24 Amelia Argue Biodiversity Policy Analyst – Species Conservation Policy Branch – Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Biodiversity Conversation Policy in Ontario
Oct 8 Rob Young, Mari Kekkonen, Tzitziki Loeza-Quintana, Fatima Mitterboeck Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph Introducing BRAINS
Oct 15 Max Jones Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation, University of Guelph Plant Conservation in a Changing Climate
Oct 20 Amogelang Segwagwe Botswana College of Agriculture Special Tuesday Session
Prospects in updating the pest list of Botswana for WTO-SPS compliance
Rosina Segui Direccion Nacional de Medio Ambiente Biodiversity conservation management in Uruguay: context for the implementation of DNA Barcoding
Oct 22 Vlad Dinca Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph Cryptic species in European butterflies: from general to particular and to unique properties of cryptic biodiversity
Special Tuesday Session
Oct 27
Charuwat Taekul Department of Agriculture (DOA), Thailand Real-time PCR assay for the identification of Thrips palmi Karny in Thailand
Jemilat Aliyu Ibrahim National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), Abuja, Nigeria Misidentification: A glimpse at the status of species diversity in the family Loranthaceae in Nigeria
Oct 29 Stefan Linquist Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph How many scientific conceptions of biodiversity are there?
Nov 5 Dr. Gilles Seutin Chief Ecosystem Scientist,
Parks Canada
Management of national parks in the 21st century: challenges and opportunities
Nov 19 Rob Young, Mari Kekkonen, Tzitziki Loeza-Quintana, Fatima Mitterboeck Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph BRAINS Session:
Thinking 1
Nov 24 Lonny Coote, Chad Boyko Wildlife Enforcement Directorate, Environment Canada Special Tuesday Session
Canada’s role in the fight against the illegal trade of wildlife
Dec 3 Rob Young, Mari Kekkonen, Tzitziki Loeza-Quintana, Fatima Mitterboeck Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph BRAINS Session:
Thinking 2
Dec 10 Dr. Shane Nowack School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph Biodiversity optimization on multi-use landscapes: A theoretical investigation based on the characteristics of Brazilian forest-grassland mosaic ecosystems

Seminar Series Schedule (Summer 2015)

Date Speaker Affiliation Topic
May 14 Monica Young Integrative Biology/CBG,
University of Guelph
Characterizing and identifying litter mite communities – applications of DNA barcoding for PRM management strategies
June 2 Peruvian Barcode of Life Network The adoption of DNA-based species identification approaches in Peru
July 23 Lauren Overdyk Integrative Biology,
University of Guelph
Effects of Environmental Conditions on the Ecology of Larval Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) at Douglas Point, Lake Huron
July 30 Rafael Ojeda-Flores School of Veterinary Medicine
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
Emerging Diseases and Molecular Detection Methods
Mailyn Gonzalez Alexander von Humboldt Institute
Bogotá, Colombia
DNA barcoding for conservation issues in Colombia: advances and challenges
Aug 6 Janet Topan Centre for Biodiversity Genomics,
University of Guelph
CSI: Guelph – Forensic applications of DNA barcoding for wildlife identification and food authentication
Brij Sahi University of Geneva
Switzerland
Biological Hacking Made Easy
Aug 13 Michelle D’Souza Centre for Biodiversity Genomics,
University of Guelph
Investigating terrestrial arthropod biodiversity in a tropical ecosystem using Barcode Index Numbers and phylogenetic community structure
Sujeevan Ratnasingham Centre for Biodiversity Genomics,
University of Guelph
Informatics tools for the second decade of DNA barcoding

Seminar Series Schedule (Spring 2015)

Date Speaker Affiliation Topic
Jan 29 Mari Kekkonen Centre for Biodiversity Genomics
Previously: University of Helsinki, Finnish Museum of Natural History
Towards a DNA Barcode-based Taxonomic Workflow
Feb 12 David Loop Design Thinker at SAP Canada, Waterloo Design Thinking for Researchers
Feb 26 Journal Club: ‘Ernst Mayr and the modern concept of species’, de Queiroz 2005, PNAS
Mar 12 Kate Pare University of Guelph Changes in Neotropical Collembola diversity along an elevation gradient
Mar 19 Jeffery Strohm Integrative Biology/CBG
University of Guelph
The influence of agricultural tillage practices on soil biodiversity
Mar 26 Dr. Steven Newmaster Biodiversity Institute of Ontario Applied Plant DNA Barcoding: A Presentation of Several Case Studies by the Newmaster Lab at CBG/BIO
Apr 2 Chris Wilson Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Foresty Something’s in the water: Tracking invasive and endangered species with environmental DNA
Apr 9 Journal Club: ‘Cryptic animal species are homogeneously distributed among taxa and biogeographical regions’, Pfenninger & Schwenk 2007, BMC EVOL BIOL and ‘Cryptic species diversity should not be trivialised’, Trontelj & Fiser 2009, SYST BIODIVERS
Apr 23 Robert Young Integrative Biology/CBG
University of Guelph
DNA barcoding in the marine realm: challenges, successes, and support for DNA-based species delimitation among the Maxillopoda
Apr 30 Journal Club: ‘Tree of life reveals clock-like speciation and diversification’, Hedges et al. 2015, MOL BIOL EVOL

Seminar Series Schedule (2014)

Date Speaker Affiliation Topic
Sept 25 Tyler Elliott Integrative Biology
University of Guelph
Transposable Elements and Biodiversity
Oct 9 Jonas Astrin Alexander Koenig Zoological Research Museum German Barcode of Life (GBOL)
Nov 20 Nick Jeffery Integrative Biology
University of Guelph
Genome Size Variation and its Influence on Global Crustacean Biodiversity
Nov 27 Michael Lynch University of Waterloo Microbiology’s Most Wanted: Investigations of Novel and Rare Microbial Taxa
Dec 4 Sarah Adamowicz Centre for Biodiversity Genomics
University of Guelph
DNA Barcoding and the Origin of Species