145305 - Using DNA metabarcoding to detect burrowing seabirds.pdf (13.64 MB)
Using DNA metabarcoding to detect burrowing seabirds in a remote landscape
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-21, 00:44 authored by Julie McInnesJulie McInnes, Jeremy BirdJeremy Bird, Deagle, BE, Polanowski, AM, Shaw, JD
Species inventories and biodiversity assessments are critical to conservation. Yet cryptic species or recolonizing species can be challenging to detect. DNA metabarcoding provides an alternative tool to identify species that can be difficult to observe during field surveys. We test the efficacy of DNA analysis to identify burrowing petrel species in a rapidly changing landscape, on a remote sub-Antarctic island following pest eradication. Discarded feathers and scats provided high quality DNA for species identification, assisting in detection of new species arrivals and new breeding sites across Macquarie Island. We highlight how DNA metabarcoding informs species inventories and is a valuable tool to complement seabird field surveys.
Publication titleConservation Science and Practice
Department/SchoolInstitute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Inc
Place of publicationUnited States
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