International Scientific Organising Committee


University of Guelph


Sarah (Sally) Adamowicz is an Assistant Professor at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario and Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph. She earned her BSc at Dalhousie University, MSc from the University of Guelph, and PhD from Imperial College London and pursued postdoctoral research at the University of Waterloo. Her research group focuses on understanding the evolution and distribution of biodiversity. Key focal areas include: arctic biodiversity, ancient lakes radiations, global and continental patterns of biodiversity, molecular evolution, and the influence of major evolutionary transitions upon diversification. She leads a large collaborative initiative to use DNA barcoding to document multi-cellular life at one focal site: the sub-Arctic region of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. This effort has yielded new insights into the species richness, post-glacial recolonization history, and complexity of interactions of life in the North.


Tromsø University Museum


Inger Greve Alsos is leader of the Ancient DNA lab and the Research Group in Taxonomy and Biodiversity at Tromsø Museum, UiT – Arctic University of Norway (UiT). Alsos has especially focused on past and potential future distribution of arctic and subarctic plants. She has combined genetic data (AFLP fingerprinting, cpDNA sequences, and ancient DNA), species distribution modelling, and fossil data to explore dispersal routes, colonization frequencies, and long-term genetic effects of climate change. Much of her work has a pioneering character like the first to: 1) estimate long-distance dispersal frequencies based on genetic data (Alsos et al. 2007 Science), 2) combine genetic data with palaeorecords and distribution modelling to determine past and likely future distribution and genetic diversity of a plant species (Alsos et al. 2009 Global Ecology and Biogeography), 3) estimate likely future (Alsos et al. 2012 Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Science), and 4) past (Pellisier et al. 2015 Journal of Biogeography) genetic consequences of climate change in a large assembly of species, and 5) quantify genetic founder effect in relation to island size, dispersal distance and plant traits (Alsos et al. 2015 AoBPlant). More recently, she has contributed to the advancement of ancient DNA techniques and has discovered DNA of trees and shrubs in northern Norway and Svalbard, respectively, dated to much earlier than previously known (Parducci et al. 2012a,b Science, Alsos et al. 2016 The Holocene). Her current work focus on building up a full genome reference database for northern vascular plants. While the existing method generally allow for identification of about one third of the taxa to species level, the new reference database may allow for 100% resolution at species level. The use of this reference library is currently being explored in an large, international project, ECOGEN – Ecosystem change and species persistence over time: a genome-based approach, to evaluate how drivers of change (human, climate, biota) affect species persistence and ecosystem tipping points in arctic-alpine biomes.


University of Minho


Filipe Costa received his PhD from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, in 2002. He is Assistant Professor at the University of Minho, Portugal, since 2008, where he leads the research group on Molecular Ecology and Biodiversity of the Centre for Molecular and Environmental Biology (CBMA). Earlier he was a PDF at Texas Tech University, USA, and at the University of Guelph, Canada, and between 2006-2007 a Marie Curie Fellow at Bangor University, UK. Filipe joined the Barcode of Life initiative in September 2003, served as Portugal delegate in iBOL, and chaired the 2nd Conference of the European Consortium for the Barcode of Life (ECBOL2: 2-4 June 2010). He also served as Chair of the European regional working group of FISH-BOL. In 2008, he was granted a Marie Curie Reintegration Grant by the European Commission, and has been principal investigator of several national-funded projects, leading the campaign for DNA barcoding Portuguese Marine Life. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Scientific Reports and a regular referee for indexed journals. His main DNA barcoding interests concern marine life, with a particular focus on fish and crustaceans, among other major groups of marine invertebrates. Recent research interests concentrate on metabarcoding and environmental barcoding, with particular focus on estuarine and marine ecosystems. Recently he was assigned the metabarcoding task in the scope of the multidisciplinary project “NextSea – Next generation monitoring of coastal ecosystems in a scenario of global change”.


Biosciences Institute, Universidade Estadual Paulista


Claudio de Oliveira is PhD in Biological Sciences (Biology-Genetics) from the University of Sao Paulo in 1991. He is a professor at the Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho since 1989 where currently holds the position of Full Professor. He is also an Associate Research of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institute. Acts as reviewer of many foundations and journals and is associate editor of the areas of Genetics and Molecular Biology of Neotropical Ichthyology journal of the Brazilian Society of Ichthyology. He has published over 300 scientific papers, 7 book chapters and one book. Works in several graduate courses in Cell and Molecular Biology and graduate programs in the fields of Genetics and Zoology. Conducts research in Genetics, Cytogenetics, DNA barcoding, Systematics, Taxonomy and Fish Evolution.


NTNU University Museum, Norwegian University of Science and Technology


Torbjøn Ekrem research interest includes evolution, systematics and biogeography, in particular of non-biting midges of the family Chironomidae (Diptera). His research focuses on taxonomy, biology, phylogeny, zoogeography and molecular systematics of genera and species in the tribe Tanytarsini, but he is also involved in work with other groups of animals and plants. The last few years he has been heavily involved in various projects testing and using DNA barcoding in biosystematics. Torbjøn currently chair the Norwegian Barcode of Life network and project (NorBOL) with the goal of developing this initiative into a national infrastructure on DNA Barcoding. He also lectured courses in biosystematics, biogeography and molecular techniques (BI1002, BI2001 and BI8002) at the NTNU Department of Biology and is the Curator of Diptera, Hymenoptera, Arachnida and a few minor insect orders at the NTNU University Museum.


El Colegio de la Frontera Sur


Manuel Elías Gutiérrez, nationality Mexican. Studies: National Autonomous University of Mexico, Iztacala Faculty (1977-1980, graduated with honors), Master of Sciences with specialty in ecology, Doctor in Freshwater Ecology National Polytechnic Institute, IPN, Mexico. International Training Course on Lake Zooplankton: A tool in lake management in Ghent University (Belgium) (1992-1993). Actual position Titular Researcher, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Chetumal Unit, previously teaching experience (18 years) in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) as with the last category as Professor. Teaching subjects: Invertebrate Zoology, Field Biology, Science Methodology. Supervisor of 15 students on their bachelor’s thesis, 4 master degree, 3 doctoral degree, four of them graduated with honors. Author or co-author in 73 papers, three books, three complete books, and 15 book chapters.


Zoological State Collection


Born in 1960, PhD in biology in 1989 (Ludwigs-Maximilian University, Munich), married, nine children. Since 1989 curator of the collection of 10M Lepidoptera at the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology (ZSM), Munich, Germany. Since 2012 head of the Entomology Dept.. Research focus on moth systematics (Geometridae), biodiversity research, coordination of global DNA Barcoding projects, German delegate in the ISCC committee of iBOL. Axel Hausmann is first author and co-author of several major DNA Barcode data release publications with analyses of Barcode patterns and BIN species delineation. He leads the research initiative “Forum Herbulot”, he is author and editor of the two book series “The Geometrid Moths of Europe”, “The Lepidoptera of Israel” and published ca. 300 papers.


University of Guelph


Mehrdad Hajibabaei is an expert in molecular biodiversity and evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, and genomic technologies. He obtained his PhD from the University of Ottawa in 2003 focusing on building a DNA-based framework for studying evolutionary relationships among seed plants. He then pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Guelph where he contributed to high-throughput analysis of DNA barcodes for species identification. As an Assistant Professor at Biodiversity Institute of Ontario and Department of Integrative Biology of the University of Guelph, he has continued his work on the application of DNA barcodes, and expanded it to include the use of genomics information in biodiversity analysis. Dr. Hajibabaei has been one of the pioneers in the use of high-throughput genomics technologies, such as microarrays and Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS), for the assessment of biodiversity in samples as varied as natural health products to bulk environmental soil and water samples. By specializing on the development and application of cutting-edge technologies, he has helped lead the development of rapid and accurate analysis of biological diversity from genes to ecosystems. He has played a leadership role in establishing large-scale research projects and networks, such as the Canadian Barcode of Life Network and the International Barcode of Life (iBOL). He currently leads Biomonitoring 2.0 (, a large-scale applied genomics project that employs NGS technologies, as well as sophisticated bioinformatics tools, for the comprehensive assessment of biological diversity in environmental samples from Canada’s largest national park, Wood Buffalo National Park.


University of Guelph


 Robert Hanner is an Associate Professor at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario and Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph. He received his BSc from Eastern Michigan University and PhD from the University of Oregon. He pursued postdoctoral research at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) before joining the AMNH as a Curatorial Associate where he spearheading the development of their Ambrose Monell Cryo Collection for Molecular and Microbial Research. Robert then served as Scientific Director of the Coriell Cell Repositories at the Coriell Institute of Medical Research and also served as president of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER). He is a member of the Consortium for the Barcode of Life’s Implementation Board, serves as coordinator for the Fish Barcode of Life (FISH-BOL) Campaign, and is the North American Node Representative to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). His Research focuses on the integration of DNA barcode data and classical taxonomic hypotheses about biodiversity, with the results being used to address both basic and applied research questions, including the role of molecular species recognition in support of food safety and food security objectives.


University of Guelph


 Paul Hebert completed his BSc at Queen’s University, his PhD at the University of Cambridge and his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Sydney. He has held faculty positions at the University of Windsor and at the University of Guelph where he is now a Canada Research Chair in Molecular Biodiversity. Over his career, Paul has served as Director of the Great Lakes Institute at Windsor, as Chair of the Department of Zoology at Guelph and as Chair of the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrews. He is currently Director of the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario and Scientific Director of the International Barcode of Life Project. Over his career, he has led applications that have received more than $90M in research support and has published more than 400 papers, most employing molecular approaches to probe issues such as breeding system evolution, phylogeography, genome size evolution and species identification. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has received honorary degrees from the Universities of Waterloo and Windsor.


University of Waikato

New Zealand

Ian Hogg is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. His research interests focus on the diversity of invertebrates in Antarctic/Arctic terrestrial ecosystems as well as the ecology and diversity of terrestrial, freshwater and marine systems elsewhere. He is particularly interested in the genetic structure and conservation of natural populations, as well as their responses to global climatic changes. DNA barcoding has been particularly helpful for assessing patterns of species and genetic diversity for a range of taxa.  Ian obtained his Master of Applied Science from the University of Canberra in 1989 and PhD from the University of Toronto in 1995. Following a two year Fellowship at the Centre Saint-Laurent (Environment Canada) in Montreal, he took up a lecturing position at the University of Waikato. He has spent 17 field seasons studying terrestrial life along the Transantarctic Mountains in the Ross Sea Region of Antarctica and has been supported by Antarctica New Zealand and the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI). He is currently Associate Director of the International Centre for Antarctic Research (ICTAR), and a steering committee member for the Antarctic Thresholds – Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation (AnT-ERA) programme of SCAR and the International Barcode of Life (iBOL).


Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS


De-Zhu Li received his PhD from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)’ Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB) in 1990. He worked at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh from 1993 to 1994 as a Ferguson Fellow and at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden as Taxonomist from 1994 to 1996. He is now President of CAS Kunming Branch and Professor of KIB/CAS, as well as Vice President of the Botanical Society of China, and the Representative of China for the International Barcode of Life project (iBOL). Prof. Li is a member of the editorial committee of the Flora of China project, an associate editor for BMC Evolutionary Biology, and the editor-in-chief of Plant Diversity and Resources. He was awarded to an OBE in September 2010 for his contributions to China-UK botanic exchange and the promotion of biodiversity conservation. His research interests focus on plant systematics, biogeography, and germplasm conservation. He has authored some 290 papers, including 180 in ISI-index journals, such as PNAS, Trends in Plant ScienceSystematic Biology, Molecular Ecology, and New Phytologist. He has authored or contributed to nine monographs and books, including the bamboo account of the Flora of China.


National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian

United States

Scott Miller is Deputy Under Secretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support, responsible for central planning and development of the Smithsonian’s vast collections (137 million objects) and interdisciplinary support operations, including collections management, conservation and preservation, and related functions. He oversees the National Collections Program, Office of Fellowships and Internships, Office of International Relations, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Smithsonian Institution Libraries and Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. Also, Miller is a liaison between the Smithsonian and various cultural and scientific organizations in the United States and around the world.

He previously served as Deputy Under Secretary for Science, helping oversee the Smithsonian’s science museums and research facilities, major research initiatives, collections management, exhibitions and educational programs. Before joining the Smithsonian central administration, he was associate director for science at the National Zoological Park from 2004 to 2006, spearheading the rehabilitation of the Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Va., and chairman of the departments of entomology and systematic biology at the National Museum of Natural History from 2000 to 2006. He continues lead the Consortium for the Barcode of Life—an international network that develops DNA-based identification tools to make biodiversity information more widely available, which he helped establish in 2003.

Before coming to the Smithsonian in 2000, Miller designed and implemented an international biodiversity and conservation program for the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi, Kenya. From 1986 to 1997, Miller was chairman of the departments of entomology and natural science at the Bishop Museum in Hawaii. He reinvigorated research programs throughout the Pacific Basin, renovated science facilities and organized large curatorial and outreach programs. He worked with the state legislature to establish the Hawaii Biological Survey, which made innovative early use of the Internet in delivering biodiversity information to users.

Miller maintains an active research program as a curator of entomology at the National Museum of Natural History. He has published more than 170 publications and co-edited four books. His current research focuses on moths of Papua New Guinea and Africa, especially the integration of systematics, ecology, biogeography and conservation of insects and plants in Papua New Guinea. His collaborative research program in Papua New Guinea has had continuous support from the National Science Foundation since 1994, and it is currently creating a 50-hectare tree plot as part of the Center for Tropical Forest Science/Smithsonian Institution Global Earth Observatories network. Miller received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a doctorate degree in biology from Harvard University. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Royal Entomological Society of London.



University of Oulu


Marko Mutanen is working as a senior curator in the Zoological museum and Department of Genetics and Physiology, University of Oulu, Finland. He is an expert of North European lepidopteran (butterflies and moths) diversity. His research group focusses studying molecular phylogenomics and molecular taxonomy of insects and arachnids. He is particularly interested in the potential of high-throughput sequencing methods in resolving issues around species identification and delimitation. Currently, his group investigates the potential of ddRAD-sequencing methods in elucidating diversification patterns of diverse animal radiations, and they develop genomic methods for species delimitation of taxonomically problematic groups and allopatric populations. He is also coordinating DNA barcoding activities in Finland (FinBOL) and his group is actively studying various questions of DNA barcoding as well.


University of Geneva


Jan Pawlowski is an Associate Professor of Biology at the Department of Genetics and Evolution, University of Geneva.  He is leading the research group on molecular evolution and ecology of microbial eukaryotes. Large part of his activities is devoted to DNA barcoding and metabarcoding. Currently, he is working on the development of eco-genomic tests for biomonitoring and survey of freshwater and marine ecosystems. He is the chair of the Swiss Barcode of Life ( and the founder of ID-Gene ecodiagnostics Ltd (


National Museum of Natural History, Paris


Rodolphe Rougerie is assistant professor and curator for Lepidoptera at the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle in Paris, France. His research activities are directed toward documenting and understanding the outstanding diversity of terrestrial invertebrates on Earth, with a main focus on Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies). He has a special interest for the systematics, evolutionary history and macroecology of two emblematic families: Saturniidae (Wild Silkmoths) and Sphingidae (Hawkmoths).

Rodolphe is one of the coordinators of the DNA barcoding campaign for Lepidoptera and the leader of two global campaigns for the Saturniidae and Sphingidae whose DNA barcode libraries are nearly comprehensive for the world fauna (ca. 5000 species and subspecies). Through multiple national and international collaborations his DNA barcoding activities also extend to other taxa (e.g. Coleoptera, Oligochaeta) and to invertebrate communities for addressing ecological questions in temperate and tropical regions.


University of Guelph


Dirk Steinke is the Associate Director for Education and Outreach and a senior researcher at the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics. He graduated in Ecology & Evolution at the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and did his PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Konstanz. In 2006, he moved to the Hebert lab, initially focusing on DNA barcoding of fishes and analytical methods. From 2007-2010 he coordinated the global marine barcoding project MarBOL, affiliated with the Census of Marine Life and supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. His experience in DNA barcoding, science education and research led to his appointment as the CBG’s Associate Director of Education & Outreach in 2012. Since taking up this position, he has initiated the influential barcode blog, edited the quarterly newsletter Barcode Bulletin, and developed an experiential learning program in DNA barcoding and biodiversity research for students in grades 4-12. He is also the developer and instructor for a series of online courses on DNA barcoding offered through the University of Guelph’s distance education portfolio. Dirk’s current research revolves around various applications of metabarcoding for dietary analysis as well as the field of mitonuclear ecology and evolution.


Natural History Museum Vienna


Nikolaus Szucsich is coordinator of ABOL, the Austrian Barcode of Life, at the natural History Museum of Vienna, Austria. Originally a learned arthropod morphologist, Nikola worked in many projects on molecular phylogenetics and phylogenomics of arthropods. At present he is a member of the 1KITE Initiative (see His main groups of interest are myriapods and primarily wingless insects, with a special love for neglected groups like jumping bristletails, proturans, pauropods, and symphylans.


Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales


 Pablo L. Tubaro (born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 31 1963) is a Principal Researcher at the National Research Council of Argentina (CONICET), Curator of Birds and Director of the National Museum of Natural Sciences of that country (MACN). Since 2004 he has been involved in DNA barcoding and now is member of the International Scientific Cooperation Committee of the iBOL project and Chair of the Steering Committee of the All Birds Barcoding Initiative. He has taught behavioral ecology, systematics and evolution of vertebrates at the University of Buenos Aires for more than 20 years. His main research interest deals with the evolutionary biology of birds including: 1) systematics and phylogeography of Neotropical birds, 2) hybridization and speciation, and 3) comparative studies about the evolution of morphological and behavioral traits.

Michelle van der Bank


University of Johannesburg

South Africa 

Michelle van der Bank received her PhD in Botany from the Rand Afrikaans University (Now University of Johannesburg, South Africa) in 1996. She is a Professor in Botany at the University of Johannesburg and Director of the African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB). The ACDB mission is to fill the knowledge gap and strengthen research frameworks for international, regional and inter-institutional co-operation in Africa in the field of DNA technology for biodiversity science. Her research group uses molecular phylogenetics, comparative analyses and intensive fieldwork to address questions relevant to biodiversity conservation in Africa.