Jeremy deWaard

Done, done and done

January 2nd, 2011 at 11:02 am

Posted in News

Tagged with

I successfully defended my dissertation on Dec 16, 2010 and have since submitted the revised thesis.  Check out my exam presentation, programme, or the final thesis, should you be inclined.  An even bigger milestone was reached more recently — Stephanie and I got married on Dec 29 in Oshawa!  You can check out some pictures here.

leave a comment

PLoS ONE paper online

November 24th, 2010 at 10:20 am

Posted in Publications

A paper that 10 colleagues and I wrote is now online at PLoS ONE.  It develops and tests a partial global barcode library for surveillance of tussock moths of the genus Lymantria.  You can find it here and the citation follows:

deWaard, J.R., Mitchell, A., Keena, M.A., Gopurenko, D., Boykin, L.M., Armstrong, K.F., Pogue, M.G., Lima, J., Floyd, R., Hanner, R.H. and Humble, L.M. 2010. Towards a global barcode library for Lymantria (Lepidoptera: Lymantriinae) tussock moths of biosecurity concern.  PLoS ONE  5: e14280. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014280

Update: this is now part of a  collection on the PLOS One site titled “Proceedings of the Third International Barcode of Life Conference, Mexico City“.


New article in press

October 27th, 2010 at 10:15 am

Posted in Publications

Our manuscript describing the detection of the juniper pug moth (Eupithecia pusillata) in North America has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia.  The abstract is here and the citation is:

deWaard, J.R.,  Humble, L.M., and Schmidt, B.C.S.  2010.  DNA barcoding identifies the first North American records of the Eurasian moth, Eupithecia pusillata (Lepidoptera: Geometridae). Journal of the Entomological Society of BC. In press.


Another milestone

October 9th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Posted in Publications

Not long after the milestone of 1 million barcodes was reached in time for the official launch of the International Barcode of Life Project, our original barcoding paper has now reached 1000 citations according to ISI Web of Knowledge.

leave a comment

Stanley Park article highlighted in two goverment periodicals

March 3rd, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Posted in Press

Our article describing a preliminary inventory of native and exotic Lepidoptera in Vancouver’s Stanley Park (deWaard et al 2009) was discussed by two federal government periodicals.  The first is following an interview I did with Monique Keiran of the Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada, and is found in ‘Information Forestry’, a periodical that covers research at the Pacific Forestry Centre [pdf, pp. 8-9].

The second is a Canadian Food Inspection Agency publication called ‘Science Scan’ that discusses research articles concerning animal and plant health, particularly those that pertain to emerging pests and pathogens [pdf, pp. 4-5].

leave a comment

Project blurbs in the NMNH’s ‘Bug Dispatch’

March 3rd, 2010 at 11:44 am

Posted in Press

The Smithsonian/NMNH Department of Entomology puts out a short newsletter describing, among other things, the projects of visiting researchers.  Stephanie Kirk and I are featured in the Winter 2010 edition detailing our September 2009 to January 2010 projects [pdf].

leave a comment

Stumbled upon this…

February 10th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Posted in Publications

Our original barcoding paper is now the 6th most cited paper ever for Proceedings B.  Surprisingly, it’s cited more than Gould and Lewontin’s classic 1979 paper on the ‘Spandrels of San Marco’. Our 2nd barcoding paper is 47th, and they’re the two most recent in the top 50 list.

leave a comment

New article in Biological Invasions online

January 11th, 2010 at 6:35 am

Posted in Publications

Floyd, R., Lima, J., deWaard, J.R., Humble, L.R. and Hanner, R.H.  (2010). Common goals: incorporating DNA barcoding into international protocols for identification of arthropod pests. Biological Invasions. In press. [full text pdf] [website].

Abstract: The globalization of commerce carries with it significant biological risks concerning the spread of harmful organisms. International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) No. 27, ‘‘Diagnostic Protocols for Regulated Pests’’, sets out the standards governing protocols for the detection and identification of plant pest species. We argue that DNA barcoding—the use of short, standardized DNA sequences for species identification—is a methodology which should be incorporated into standard diagnostic protocols, as it holds great promise for the rapid identification of species of economic importance, notably arthropods. With a well-defined set of techniques and rigorous standards of data quality and transparency, DNA barcoding already meets or exceeds the minimum standards required for diagnostic protocols under ISPM No. 27. We illustrate the relevance of DNA barcoding to phytosanitary concerns and advocate the development of policy at the national and international levels to expand the scope of barcode coverage for arthropods globally.

leave a comment

Biology Letters article discussed on Barcode Blog

January 5th, 2010 at 11:12 am

Posted in Press

Our recent paper in Biology Letters was discussed over the holidays in Mark Stoeckle’s Barcode of Life Blog.  Check out his post here.


leave a comment

Front page of the Vancouver Sun…

December 23rd, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Posted in Press

Our recently published study on moth diversity in Stanley Park was featured in the Vancouver Sun today.  Thanks to Larry Pynn for the comprehensive write-up.

Read it here:

New and unwanted aliens among Stanley Park’s diversity of moths

Or download the scanned version: front page blurb and articleSUN1221N-moth