Spain joins iBOL Consortium
May 18, 2021

The Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) – Spain’s largest public institution dedicated to the development and dissemination of multidisciplinary scientific and technological research – joins iBOL Consortium.

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Dr. Brent C. Emerson, representative for Spain on iBOL’s Science Committee.

Dr. Brent Emerson, a professor who leads the CSIC’s Department of Life Sciences within the Institute of Natural Products and Agrobiology will represent Spain on the iBOL Consortium’s Science Committee.

Located on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Emerson’s research focuses on oceanic island systems. He integrates DNA barcoding, genome-based approaches, and environmental data collected through remote sensing to investigate potential synergies and how these synergies can enhance our understanding of biodiversity.

His research group also explores arthropod diversity and how it emerges within insular systems. Using a range of molecular techniques including genome sequencing within species, single locus sequencing across species assemblages, and bulk sample metabarcoding, Emerson’s team aims to identify overriding processes that drive shared species responses to landscape variation for biotic and abiotic factors. This work often involves complex taxonomic challenges which Emerson and his team address by linking anonymous DNA sequences back to their species of origin. This is where DNA barcoding plays a fundamental role.

Emerson was born in Invercargill, New Zealand and completed his PhD at the University of Otago in Dunedin, and subsequently took up a lecturing post at the University of East Anglia, in the UK. He moved to Tenerife in 2011 to take up a research position within the CSIC’s Institute of Natural Products and Agrobiology. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and Associate Editor for Molecular Ecology, Molecular Ecology Resources, and Evolution.

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