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webinar series: Barcoding Life

Connect is excited to announce Barcoding Life, a new monthly webinar series. The webinars will be presented by several different barcoding professionals and will cover a variety of topics relevant to specimen collecting, DNA extraction, and barcoding in the field. Check out our upcoming webinars, learn about the presenters, and stay tuned for information about how to get involved with this fantastic series.


Learn about Upcoming Webinars or check out some of our Previous Webinars.


Upcoming Webinars:


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(Contact Leigh Peele if you have trouble viewing the webinar videos.)


Title: Barcoding 101

Date: February 15, 2011

Presenter: Chris Meyer

Chris Meyer is a Research Zoologist and Director of the Moorea Biocode Project at the National Museum of Natural History, a Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., United States.

Description: This webinar gives a very broad overview of the steps in the barcoding pipeline and reviews the steps of the DNA barcoding process including collecting, specimen and data handling, lab processes and data analysis.

Watch the webinar Barcoding 101.

Download the PDF version of the webinar presentation, Barcoding 101.

A Certificate of Participation is available for this webinar.



Title: Front-loading the DNA Barcoding Process

Date: March 29, 2011

Presenter: Alex Borisenko

Alex Borisenko is curator of Zoological Collections at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, part of the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

Description: This webinar summarizes six years of experience in building collection management workflows at the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding (Guelph, Ontario). It covers the essentials of front-end processing — what happens to a specimen after it is collected and before it is submitted to the molecular analytical pipeline of a high throughput DNA barcoding facility. The presentation will focus on simple ways of making collections ‘barcode-friendly’ and ‘high throughput- compatible’: how to set up collection processing, what to watch out for, and what to avoid. What is a specimen array? What is a sampling kit? What forms of preservation are best for DNA recovery? How to avoid sample cross-contamination? How to convert data records for submission to BOLD? The webinar will include a demonstration of basic sampling techniques and simple solutions for data entry and conversion of potential use in small field-based collecting operations.

Watch the webinar Front-Loading the DNA Barcoding Process.

View the video of the specimen sampling process.

Download the PDF version of the webinar presentation, Front-loading the DNA Barcoding Process.

A Certificate of Participation is available for this webinar.



Title: In the Lab: CCDB Protocols for High-Throughput Barcoding

Date: April 19, 2011

Presenter: Natalia Ivanova

Natalia Ivanova received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1998. Most of her Ph.D. data on the molecular systematics of lichens was gathered at the NMNH, Smithsonian Institution. In 2004 Natalia joined the Hebert laboratory and contributed to the development of cost-effective high throughput barcoding protocols and the integration of robotics into the analytical chain. She currently oversees automation, core lab troubleshooting, the R&D lab, and forensic barcoding at the Canadian Center for DNA Barcoding.

Description: DNA extraction is one of the critical stages in the acquisition of DNA barcodes. We have developed a set of “Mix and Match” protocols allowing the extraction of DNA from various organisms including fungi and plants. These protocols are compatible with automation and deliver high quality DNA for only a fraction of the cost associated with the use of commercial kits. In addition, the voucher recovery step aids in preserving the morphology of small specimens for future reference. The same protocols can be easily downscaled to a tube format for forensic applications and low throughput labs.

Watch the webinar In the Lab: CCDB Protocols for High-Throughput Barcoding.

View the video of glass fiber automated DNA extraction.

Download the PDF version of the webinar presentation, In the Lab: CCDB Protocols for High-Throughput Barcoding.

A Certificate of Participation is available for this webinar.




Title: Ecological inventory with a Barcorder, an ecologist’s taxascope: Who eats what in a complex tropical forest

Date: July 26, 2011

Presenter: Dan Janzen

Dan Janzen is a Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, United States. Dan has dedicated much of his time over the past three decades conducting research in Costa Rica at the Área de Conservación Guanacaste, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Description: In our first ‘Barcoding in the Real World’ webinar, Dan will share his butterfly-collecting factory with us and discuss the barcoding process when working in the field. Dan will review a complete process, starting with collection and specimen handling, followed by data capture, transportation of samples to Guelph for sequencing, and next steps once they receive the returned samples.

Watch the webinar Ecological inventory with a Barcorder, an ecologist's taxascope: Who eats what in a complex tropical forest.

Download the PDF version of the webinar, Ecological inventory with a Barcorder, an ecologist’s taxascope: Who eats what in a complex tropical forest.

A Certificate of Participation is available for this webinar.



Title: Barcoding: The Perspective of a Medium-sized Facility in a Developing Country

Date: August 16, 2011

Presenter: Darío Lijtmaer

At the Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales "Bernardino Rivadavia" in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Darío has been barcoding the birds of the southern cone of South America, as well as the region’s Lepidopterans and fauna.

Description: This webinar will deal with the perspective of a medium-sized barcoding facility in a developing country. The presentation will briefly cover the steps of the pipeline as are implemented in the Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales “Bernardino Rivadavia” (the National Museum of Natural Science of Argentina), including collection, processing of specimens and samples, the molecular laboratory steps (extraction and amplification) and data analysis. Additionally, the strategy of a small- to medium-sized facility will be discussed, focusing on the experience of the group at this museum that has been involved in barcoding since 2005.

Watch the webinar Barcoding: The Perspective of a Medium-sized Facility in a Developing Country.

Download the PDF version of the webinar presentation, Barcoding: The Perspective of a Medium-sized Facility in a Developing Country.

A Certificate of Participation is available for this webinar.



Title: All-taxon biodiversity inventories -- Toyota Enviro Outreach

Date: September 13, 2011

Presenter: Michelle van der Bank

Michelle is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa where she is head of the African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB). She is the Tree-BOL representative in Africa and is part of the CBOL’s Plant Working Group.

Description: The webinar will focused on all-taxon biodiversity inventories, using the Toyota Enviro Outreach as an example (www.toyotaoutreach.com). The presentation will cover the steps from applying for collection permits, preparation for the fieldwork, and collection of the samples, to processing of the samples for barcoding purposes. Additionally, various projects at ACDB (www.acdb.co.za) will be discussed sharing the experience of the group with the rest of the barcoding community.

Watch the webinar All-taxon biodiversity inventories -- Toyota Enviro Outreach.

A Certificate of Participation is available for this webinar.


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