Water Quality Assessment in California Using DNA Barcoding

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

This pilot study was designed to test how the use of a new technology called DNA barcoding can improve water quality assessment in California streams by enabling researchers to identify macroinvertebrate larvae collected from the field to species. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project will use the study results to decide if this new technology can and should be applied more widely in their monitoring program of both inland and coastal waters.

(Project details may change over the lifespan of a project. The project description listed here is from the annual report of the most recent project year.)

Funded by:

  • 2013: Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, Pennswood No. 2 Research Endowment, and Stroud Water Research Center
  • 2010, 2012: Southern California Coastal Water Research Project

Principal Investigators: Bernard W. Sweeney and John K. Jackson


  • 2012-2013: Peter Miller and Paul Hebert (University of Guelph), Eric Stein (SCCWRP), Erik Pilgrim (USEPA)
  • 2010: Paul Hebert (University of Guelph)

Project Year: 2010, 2012, 2013