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Using DNA metabarcoding to detect burrowing seabirds in a remote landscape


McInnes, JC and Bird, JP and Deagle, BE and Polanowski, AM and Shaw, JD, Using DNA metabarcoding to detect burrowing seabirds in a remote landscape, Conservation Science and Practice, 3, (7) Article e439. ISSN 2578-4854 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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2021 The Authors. Conservation Science and Practice published by Wiley Periodicals LLC. on behalf of Society for Conservation Biology Conservation Science and Practice. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License, ( which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

DOI: doi:10.1111/csp2.439


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ecosystem recovery, eDNA, eradication, faces, noninvasive, Pelecanoides, Procellariidae
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Population ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Biodiversity in Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
UTAS Author:McInnes, JC (Dr Julie McInnes)
UTAS Author:Bird, JP (Mr Jez Bird)
ID Code:145305
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2021-07-14
Last Modified:2021-11-22
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