Date: Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 10 am (Manila Time)


The Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (CBG) is a research organization dedicated to furthering our understanding of the world’s fauna and flora. Through a variety of approaches, researchers at the institute are discovering, cataloging, and describing biodiversity. DNA barcoding, an innovative technique developed at CBG, utilizes DNA sequencing technology for species identification. CBG also coordinates the International Barcode of Life project (iBOL), one of the largest research programs ever undertaken in biodiversity science. CBG leads Canadian contributions to this initiative with emphasis on the development of high-throughput laboratory protocols, and on the development of the informatics platform used by the global DNA barcode research community – BOLD, the Barcode of Life Data Systems.

This webinar will provide an introduction to the history of DNA barcoding, its methodology, and the plethora of applications all from the viewpoint of the CBG.

dirk steinkeDirk Steinke, PhD

University of Guelph, Canada

About the Speaker

Dr. Steinke has been involved in the Barcode of Life Initiative since 2005, initially focusing on DNA barcoding of fishes and analytical methods. He has a strong background in evolutionary biology, genomics, and DNA analysis as well as science education and research communication. Dr. Steinke coordinated the global marine barcoding project MarBOL, affiliated with the Census of Marine Life and supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in New York City. His background in DNA barcoding and his management skills led to his appointment as the CBG’s Associate Director of Education & Outreach in 2012. Since taking up this position, he has initiated an influential barcode blog, edited a quarterly newsletter for the barcode research community, and developed an experiential learning program in DNA barcoding and biodiversity research for students in grades K-12. He is also the developer and instructor for a series of online courses on DNA barcoding offered through the University of Guelph’s distance education portfolio.

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