CBG researchers rank among the world’s top scientists in ecology and evolution

Guelph, Canada. May 11, 2022

Three researchers from Guelph’s Centre for Biodiversity Genomics are among the world’s 1,000 Top Ecology and Evolution Scientists according to the ranking system developed by Research.com.

Paul Hebert is 49th on the world list for Ecology and Evolution and 2nd on the Canadian list.  Mehrdad Hajibabaei and Dirk Steinke are ranked 256th and 263rd among the 362 ecologists and evolutionary biologists who qualified for inclusion in the Canadian list.

“Biodiversity research is of paramount importance for the future of our planet. Dr. Hebert has created one of the foremost research centres in the world to advance this research,” said Mazyar Fallah, Dean, College of Biological Science at the University of Guelph. “The ranking of Drs. Hebert, Hajibabaei, and Steinke as top researchers in the world is a testament to their impact and leadership in biodiversity research.”

Research.com examined more than 165,000 scientists included on Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Graph to generate its lists, only considering those with an h-index of at least 30. According to research.com, its lists help scholars, entrepreneurs, and decision-makers to both explore leading experts in varied research fields and gain inspiration from their work.

Hebert, a Professor of Integrative Biology (IB) and Canada Research Chair in Molecular Biodiversity, is Founding Director of the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (CBG). He has spent his career developing technologies that have transformed biodiversity research in Canada and worldwide, but is best known for advancing DNA-based identification systems. His 550 publications have attracted nearly 100,000 citations and an h-index of 126. He has raised more than $150 million to establish the CBG as the world’s leading facility for the development of DNA-based technologies and infrastructure for large-scale biodiversity discovery and analysis. As Scientific Director of the International Barcode of Life (iBOL) Consortium, he currently oversees the $180 million BIOSCAN program that involves more than a thousand researchers at leading academic institutions, natural history museums, and research centres worldwide.

Hajibabaei, Associate Professor of Integrative Biology at UG and Research Professor at the CBG, focuses his research on developing high-throughput sequencing protocols for biodiversity analysis. His team focuses on DNA-powered assessments of environmental change in collaboration with governmental agencies and major conservation organizations, such as the WWF-Canada. As founder and CSO of eDNAtec, he works closely with ocean industries and stakeholders to advance ecological monitoring of marine environments.

Steinke is Associate Director, Analytics at the CBG and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology (IB) at U of G and serves as associate graduate faculty IB, Bioinformatics,  and the Collaborative Specialization in Artificial Intelligence program. He has been involved in DNA barcoding research since 2005, initially focusing on fishes and analytical methods. He has a strong background in evolutionary biology, genomics, DNA analysis, and science education and research communication.

For more information on the Top 1,000 Ecology and Evolution Scientists list, visit https://research.com/scientists-rankings/ecology-and-evolution

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Hannah James
Media Relations
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Paul Hebert

Paul Hebert, OC, FRSC, PhD
Director & Canada Research Chair in Molecular Biodiversity

Mehrdad Hajibabaei

Mehrdad Hajibabaei, PhD
Research Professor, CBG & Associate Professor, Integrative Biology

Dirk Steinke

Dirk Steinke, PhD
Associate Director, Analytics & Adjunct Professor, Integrative Biology