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number of species:  3279
 
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Leadership Team
Campaign Coordinator: Torbjørn Ekrem (Arctic) Research Scientist
Section of Natural History
Museum of Natural History and Archaeology
Erling Skakkes gate 47
NO-7491 Trondheim
Norway

Tel: +47-7359-7812
Tel: Torbjorn.Ekrem@vm.ntnu.no

Campaign Coordinator: Sarah Adamowicz (Arctic) Assistant Professor
Biodiversity Institute of Ontario
University of Guelph
579 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1
Canada

Tel: 1-519-824-4120 x53055
Fax: 1-519-824-5703
Email: sadamowi@uoguelph.ca

Campaign Coordinator: Ian Hogg (Antarctica) Senior Lecturer
Department of Biological Sciences
Science & Engineering
University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
Hamilton
New Zealand

Tel: +64-(7)-838-4139
Fax: +64-7-838-4218
Email: i.hogg@waikato.ac.nz

Campaign Coordinator: Dirk Steinke (Marine) Campaign Co-ordinator, Marine Barcode of Life
Biodiversity Institute of Ontario
University of Guelph
579 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1
Canada

Tel: 1-519-824-4120 x53759
Fax: 1-519-824-5703
Email: dsteinke@uoguelph.ca


Organization and Steering Committee
PolarBOL is an international initiative with collaborating institutions and research programmes from Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, and the USA. As the project proceeds, we expect more institutions to join this endeavour, especially from countries with a tradition and history of research in polar regions. In an effort to push the project forwards, a steering committee with the following members has been established:

Donald J. Baird, Environment Canada, Fredericton, NB, Canada
Douglas Currie, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada
Geir Dahle, Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway
Rachel Grant, Barcode coordinator, Census of Antarctic Marine Life, Cambridge, UK
Paul Hebert, University of Guelph, Canada
Anders Hobæk, Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Bergen, Norway
Tina Jørgensen, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
Jan T. Lifjeld, Natural History Museum, Oslo
Geir Mathiassen, Tromsø Museum, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway
Fridtjof Mehlum, Natural History Museum, Oslo
Sarah Mincks, ArcOD, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, USA

A major strength of the international barcode initiative lies in the collaborative nature of laboratory analyses and bioinformatics. Some nations may wish to retain full control over their genetic resources and to build their own lab facilities, or to do parts of the analyses in their home countries (e.g. DNA isolation). However, it is our aim to take advantage of large specialized facilities such as CCDB to minimize analytical costs. From our initial experience, taxonomic analysis of sequenced material is proving to be the bottleneck in DNA barcoding, and for this reason we suggest that taxonomy should have priority over development of excessive capacity in high-throughput sequencing.