Below are peer-reviewed, scientific papers previously published by STREAM members, which concern applications of DNA metabarcoding and DNA-based biomonitoring.


Robinson, C.V., Wright, M.T.G., Porter, T.M., & Hajibabaei, M. Propylene glycol-based antifreeze as an effective preservative for bulk-benthos DNA metabarcoding of macroinvertebrates. Freshwater Science 40(1). Access here.


Maitland, V.C., Robinson C.V., Porter, T.M. & Hajibabaei, M. Freshwater diatom biomonitoring through benthic kick-net metabarcoding. PLoS ONE 15(11). Access here.

Compson, Z.G., McClenaghan, B., Singer, G.A., Fahner, N.A. & Hajibabaei, M. (2020). Metabarcoding from microbes to mammals: Comprehensive bioassessment on a global scale. Frontiers in Ecology & Evolution 8:581835. Access here.

Bush, A., Monk, W.A., Compson, Z.G., Peters, D.L., Porter, T.M., Shokralla, S., Wright, M.T.G., Hajibabaei, M. & Baird, D.J. (2020). DNA metabarcoding reveals metacommunity dynamics in a threatened boreal wetland wilderness. PNAS 117 (15) 8539-8545. Access here


Hajibabaei, M., Porter, T.M., Robinson, C.V., Baird, D.J., Shokralla, S., & Wright, M.T.G. (2019). Watered-down biodiversity? A comparison of metabarcoding results from DNA extracted from matched water and bulk tissue biomonitoring samples. PLoS ONE 14(12): e0225409. Access here.

McGee, K.M., Robinson, C.V., & Hajibabaei, M. (2019). Gaps in DNA-Based biomonitoring across the globe. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7, 337. Access here.

Compson, Z.G., Monk, W.A., Hayden, B., Bush, A., O’Malley, Z., Hajibabaei, M., Porter, T.M., Wright, M.T.G., Baker, C.J.O., Al Manir, M.S., Curry, R.A. & Baird, D.J. (2019). Network-based biomonitoring: Exploring freshwater food webs with stable isotope analysis and DNA metabarcoding. Frontiers in Ecology & Evolution 7:395. Access here.


Emilson, C.E., Thompson, D.G., Venier, L.A., Porter, T.M., Swystun, T., Chartrand, D., Capell, S., & Hajibabaei, M. (2017). DNA metabarcoding and morphological macroinvertebrate metrics reveal the same changes in boreal watersheds across an environmental gradient. Scientific Reports 7, 12777. Access here.


Hajibabaei, M., Baird, D.J., Fahner, N.A., Beiko, R., & Golding, G.B. (2016). A new way to contemplate Darwin’s tangled bank: how DNA barcodes are reconnecting biodiversity science and biomonitoring. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 371, 20150330. Access here.


Gibson, J.F., Shokralla, S., Curry, C., Baird, D.J., Monk, W.A., King, I., & Hajibabaei, M. (2015). Large-scale biomonitoring of remote and threatened ecosystems via high-throughput sequencing. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0138432. Access here.


Hajibabaei, M., Spall, J.L., Shokralla, S., & van Konynenburg, S. (2012). Assessing biodiversity of a freshwater benthic macroinvertebrate community through non-destructive environmental barcoding of DNA from preservative ethanol. BMC Ecology, 12, 28. Access here.

Shokralla, S., Spall, J.L., Gibson, J.F., & Hajibabaei, M. (2012). Next-generation sequencing technologies for environmental DNA research. Molecular Ecology, 21(8), 1794-1805. Access here

Baird, D.J., & Hajibabaei, M. (2012). Biomonitoring 2.0: a new paradigm in ecosystem assessment made possible by next‐generation DNA sequencing. Molecular Ecology, 21(8), 2039-2044. Access here.


Hajibabaei, M., Shokralla, S., Zhou, X., Singer, G.A.C., & Baird, D.J. (2011). Environmental barcoding: a next-generation sequencing approach for biomonitoring applications using river benthos. PLoS ONE, 6(4): e17497. Access here.