Workshop Fee: $750 CAD: Includes 3-days instruction, lunch and coffee breaks each day, and all taxes.
Registration Form: Huntsman Application
DNA barcoding is a common approach towards identifying organisms and assessing biological diversity using short, standardized gene fragments. This three day workshop will provide a practical overview of the conceptual and logistical aspects of standard operations of the DNA barcoding analytical pipeline. The course is geared towards researchers and practitioners with interest in biodiversity, ecology, biosurveillance, phylogeography, biomonitoring, conservation, fisheries, biological invasions and adjacent areas of enquiry or application.
Topics covered will include:
A hands-on informatics session will explore the functionality of the Barcode of Life Data System (BOLD), the standard online repository and analytical workbench for DNA barcode data, and common third-party software packages (BioEdit and MEGA) for aligning and comparing DNA barcode sequences. Group discussions will explore the ways in which DNA barcoding could be used in particular research project settings or for specific applied needs. Participants are encouraged to bring their own datasets (collection provenance information and/or sequences) to use during the practical informatics sessions.