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Pre-Conference Training Workshop – ‘Museum Harvesting’ presentation

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You can find the powerpoint file of my ‘Museum Harvesting’ presentation here.

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November 28th, 2011 at 3:57 am

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Poster posted here

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My poster for the upcoming Barcode of Life conference in Adelaide can be downloaded here.  It’s co-authored by Leland Humble at the PFC in Victoria, Canada.  The abstract is the following:

BARCODE-FACILITATED INVENTORIES ELUCIDATE THE INFLUENCE OF A NATIVE PEST OUTBREAK ON THE MOTH DIVERSITY OF A PONDEROSA PINE FOREST SYSTEM

The recent outbreak of mountain pine beetle and related bark beetles (Dendroctonus spp.) in Western Canada is the most extensive and severe epidemic on record. The consequences of the death of most mature overstory pine trees have been well-studied for birds and other vertebrates intricately tied to the resource pulse, but very little has been done to determine what effect the severe change in habitat is having on comparatively neutral residents.  To this end, we investigated the ecological consequences of the outbreak on resident biotic communities by measuring its effect on a species-rich component, the macro-moths (Lepidoptera). We employed DNA barcoding for rough sorting and species identification of nearly eleven thousand specimens to inventory eight ponderosa pine stands in British Columbia that differed widely in attack by Dendroctonus bark beetles. We determined that rarified species richness for the heavily impacted sites was significantly lower than that of the less impacted sites. Moreover, the linear regression analysis of site attributes and diversity estimates revealed that approximately 85% of the variance in species diversity is explained by ponderosa pine mortality.  Macro-moths have a proven record as indicators of habitat integrity and their perceived depression in species richness may therefore be representative of the larger biotic system.  The ecological consequences of increased pest outbreaks cannot be ignored when other natural and human-induced agents of disturbance are likewise increasing.

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November 18th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

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‘Third International Barcode of Life Conference’ Presentation – Mexico City

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Leland Humble and I delivered a presentation in Mexico City this past week.  The pdf and link to the video are below.

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deWaard, J.R. and Humble, L.M. “Forest Biomonitoring, biosecurity and DNA barcoding”. 3rd International Conference for the Barcoding of Life. Mexico City, Mexico. Nov 12, 2009 (J.R.D. oral presentation) [pdf] [video]

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November 15th, 2009 at 12:52 am

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