MarBOL Public Symposia and Workshops, Spring 2009

MarBOL (DNA Barcoding of Marine Biodiversity, see website) seeks to effect a huge acceleration in the rate of marine barcoding and to ensure that barcodes are available for members of all key marine groups, with good coverage for groups of highest scientific or societal importance, by 2010. As part of the MarBOL effort, Ann Bucklin (University of Connecticut) organized three one-day workshops which were held at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Science (April 17, 2009); Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (May 1, 2009); and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo (May 22, 2009).

The workshops immediately followed one-day Marine Barcoding Symposia that featured keynote speakers, who provided overviews on topics of general scientific interest and practical importance for the MarBOL effort. The Symposia also included contributed talks by researchers from the region, and poster sessions. The goal of the workshops was to identify bottlenecks and facilitate coordination among active marine barcoding centers especially those associated with CoML projects and thereby to accelerate progress. We also sought to lay the groundwork for the next steps in barcoding, including use of microarrays and/or metagenetics.

The workshop series was designed to reach the global CoML community through meetings at venues in the USA, Europe, and Asia. The MarBOL Workshops Report summarizes the discussions and recommendations for the major issues related to the MarBOL goals and objectives that were discussed at one or more of the MarBOL workshops. These include:

  1. Species identification using barcodes
  2. Analytical approaches for barcodes
  3. Environmental (454) sequencing and metagenetics
  4. Prospects for barcode microarrays
  5. Phylogenetic and phylogeographic analysis using barcodes
  6. Special Applications: Marine Bioinvasions and Harmful algal blooms
  7. Barcoding protocols, primer design, and optimization across marine taxa
  8. Data quality, data submission, and metadata issues
  9. Coordination of barcoding efforts among barcoding centers and countries

Click here to view the full workshops report (July 6, 2009; 283kb PDF)
Click here to view the AWI Symposium program (1,653kb PDF)
Click here to view the ORI Symposium program (1,837kb PDF)
Click here to view the WHOI Symposium program (3,791kb PDF)

Question regarding the workshops? Please contact:

Ann Bucklin
Professor and Head, Department of Marine Sciences
Director, Marine Sciences and Technology Center
University of Connecticut - Avery Point
1080 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340 USA
Tel. 860-405-9208; Fax 860-405-9153

Questions regarding the MarBOL campaign? Please contact:

Dirk Steinke
Lead Scientist Barcoding of Marine Life
Biodiversity Institute of Ontario
University of Guelph
Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
Tel. 1 (519) 824-4120 x53759; Fax. 1 (519) 824-5703