Macrogenetics is an exciting and fast-growing field of research. Large quantities of COI sequences obtained from DNA barcoding research provide the raw material to study the emergence of intraspecific genetic differentiation at a continental and global scale. Building upon Dr. Dapporto’s recent results and still unpublished data, he will show the potential of macrogenetics in testing the main phylogeographic hypotheses across an entire large taxon (butterflies).
Dr. Leonardo Dapporto
Leonardo leads the Numerical and Experimental Zoology laboratory in the Department of Biology at the Università di Firenze in Italy. Leonardo has led comprehensive DNA barcoding initiatives, studying the evolution of butterfly biodiversity through time and space, including creating a complete library for Western European butterflies. Leonardo established the first phylogenetic tree for all European species and an extensive dataset of traits. He also maintains and is an author of the recluster R package, a statistical tool for the spatial analysis of biodiversity patterns.
Dr. Leonardo Dapporto, head of “Zen Lab” and the representative for Italy on iBOL’s Science Committee.
A representation of European zoogegraphic regions as determined by DNA barcode-based Macrogenetics. Click for full image.
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This webinar series is hosted by the International Barcode of Life consortium and is part of a new program with the aim of generating discussion, sharing knowledge, and building community. Subjects reflect one or more of BIOSCAN’s research themes: Species Discovery, Species Interactions, Species Dynamics. Talks could feature fascinating field research sites, novel use of DNA technologies, use or generation of biodiversity data, the intersection of research with emerging social or political issues, or the mobilization of scientific knowledge for greater societal benefit.
The International Barcode of Life (iBOL) Consortium is a research alliance with a mission to develop and apply a globally accessible, DNA-based system for the discovery and identification of all multicellular life. Our vision is to illuminate biodiversity for the benefit of our living planet.