Who:

Environment Canada

Objectives:

  • To identify and quantify species richness (biodiversity) at a site using genetic material gathered from pitfall trapping, soil, water and benthic sampling.
  • To obtain biodiversity sample sets from wetland sites in Wood Buffalo National Park for DNA sequencing analysis.
  • To obtain local habitat information associated with the biodiversity samples collected – including historical trend information, GIS data, and local physico-chemical analysis.

How:

  • This project will utilize DNA barcoding which is a genomics tool used to identify individual species from only a short segment of DNA whose sequence is unique to that species.
  • Aquatic and terrestrial microhabitats will be sampled for both macro-organisms (such as benthic macroinvertebrates) and micro-organisms using standard collection techniques.
  • Water and soil samples, along with other field survey information, will be collected to provide relevant physico-chemical data for interpretation of biodiversity patterns resolved by DNA sequencing.

Where:

Wood Buffalo National Park. Eight biodiversity sites will be established within the Peace-Athabasca Delta, and eight within the Whooping Crane nesting area.

When:

Biodiversity samples will be collected in June and August of each year, beginning in August 2011 and ending in August 2012 (5 sampling periods).

Project Lead:

Donald Baird
Environment Canada
Canadian Rivers Institute, University of New Brunswick
10 Bailey Drive, P.O. Box 45111
Fredericton, NB E3B 6E1

Phone: 506-458-7048
E-mail: djbaird@unb.ca