Dr. Ian King

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Research Scientist
Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Current research and/or projects

Team member of the Genomics Research & Development Initiative (GRDI) Project:

"EcoBiomics: Metagenomics-based Ecosystem Biomonitoring"

Research and/or project statements

The EcoBiomics Project has three overarching objectives:

  1. Develop standard methods for soil and water sample collection, DNA extraction, next generation sequencing, bioinformatics analysis pipelines, and a federal Bioinformatics Platform for harmonizing analyses of metagenomics data across federal departments and communicating results to end-users
  2. Pilot genomic observatories for establishing comprehensive metagenomics baselines to enable assessment of future changes to water and soil biodiversity at long-term environmental monitoring sites in Canada
  3. Generate new knowledge by applying next generation sequencing to more comprehensively characterize aquatic microbiomes, soil microbiomes, and invertebrate zoobiomes, and test hypotheses for improving environmental monitoring, assessment and remediation activities for water quality and soil health across Canada

Education and awards


PhD - Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

Department of Biology / Department of Nematology

University of California, Riverside

Dissertation title: "Nematode ecological study of a wetland restoration-in-progress at Bolsa Chica, California: Implications for biomonitoring"


BSc (Honours) - Biology

Department of Biology

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dissertation title: "Two new species of the genus Monhystera (Nematoda: Monhysteridae) from the Humber Arm, Newfoundland"



Mitacs Elevate Industrial Postdoctoral Fellowship


Key publications

NOTE: All publications available as PDFs upon request


Hajibabaei M, King I (2016) "Next generation biodiversity analysis" in Next Generation Systematics (eds. Olsen PD, Hughes J, Cotton JA) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pgs 175-194 (book chapter)


Shokralla S, Gibson J, King I, Baird D, Janzen D, Hallwachs W, Hajibabaei M (2016) Environmental DNA barcode sequence capture: targeted, PCR-free sequence capture for biodiversity analysis from bulk environmental samples. bioRxiv 087437 (preprint) DOI: 10.1101/087437


Elansary HO, Skalicka-Woźniak K, King I (2016) Enhancing stress growth traits as well as phytochemical and antioxidant contents of Spiraea and Pittosporum under seaweed extract treatments. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 105: 310-320 DOI: 10.1016/j.plaphy.2016.05.024

Gibson JF, Shokralla S, Curry C, Baird DJ, Monk WA, King I, Hajibabaei M (2015) Large-scale biomonitoring of remote and threatened ecosystems via high-throughput sequencing. PLoS One 10 (10): e0138432 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0138432


Shokralla S, Hellberg RS, Handy SM, King I, Hajibabaei M (2015) A DNA mini-barcoding system for authentication of processed fish products. Scientific Reports 5:15894 DOI: 10.1038/srep15894


Gibson JF, Shokralla S, Porter TM, King I, van Konynenburg S, Janzen DH, Hallwachs W, Hajibabaei M (2014) Simultaneous assessment of the macrobiome and microbiome in a bulk sample of tropical arthropods through DNA metasystematics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 111(22): 8007-8012 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1406468111


Neira C, King I, Mendoza G, Sellanes J, De Ley P, Levin L (2013) Nematode community structure along a central Chile margin transect influenced by the oxygen minimum zone. Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 78: 1-15 DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr.2013.04.002


King I, Mundo-Ocampo M, De Ley P (2010) Xyala finneyae sp. n. (Nematoda: Xyalidae), from the intertidal region of the eastern Gulf of California, Mexico. Nematology 12(5): 673-680 DOI: 10.1163/138855409X12571623969682


King I (2009) The need for the incorporation of phylogeny in the measurement of biological diversity, with special reference to ecosystem functioning research. BioEssays 31(1): 107-116 DOI: 10.1002/bies.080011


Mundo-Ocampo M, Lambshead PJD, Debenham N, King I, De Ley P, Baldwin JG, Tandingan De Ley I, Rocha Olivares A, Waumann D, Thomas WK, Packer M, Boucher G (2007) Biodiversity of littoral nematodes from two sites in the Gulf of California. Hydrobiologia 586: 179-189 DOI: 10.1007/s10750-006-0624-z


Yoder M, Tandingan De Ley I, King I, Mundo-Ocampo M, Mann J, Blaxter M, Poiras L, De Ley P (2006) DESS: a versatile solution for preserving morphology and extractable DNA of nematodes. Nematology 8(3): 367-376 DOI: 10.1163/156854106778493448


Yeow H-W, Finney-Crawley JR, Lawlor J, King I (1999) Free-living nematode assemblages downstream from a pulp and paper mill in Humber Arm, Newfoundland. Russian Journal of Nematology 7(2): 95-103


Research Scientist, Canadian Food Inspection Agency