Iliana Bista

I. Bista

I am a molecular ecologist interested in using DNA tools for analysis of biodiversity from the genomic to the ecosystem level. I have been working with whole genome data to investigate ecological adaptation to extreme environments, and I am also interested in using eDNA and metagenomics for biodiversity monitoring.


Environmental Genomics, Biodiversity, eDNA, Biomonitoring, Comparative Genomics, Adaptation

Dr.  Iliana Bista

Senior Postdoctoral Fellow
Plankton Diversity and Evolution

Twitter: @ilianabista


Biodiversity Genomics

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Applications of environmental DNA (eDNA) in biomonitoring of aquatic ecosystems.

Comparative genomics of adaptation to extreme environments - the case of the Antarctic nototheniod fish radiation.





  • Rhie A., McCarthy S. A., Fedrigo O., Damas J., Formenti G., Koren S., … Jarvis E. D. (2021). Towards complete and error-free genome assemblies of all vertebrate species. Nature, 592(7856), 737–746.
  • Bista I.*, McCarthy S.A., Wood J... Durbin R. (2020) The genome sequence of the channel bull blenny, Cottoperca gobio (Günther, 1861). Wellcome Open Res., 5:148 (*Corresponding author).
  • Bista I.*, Carvalho G. R., Tang M., … Creer S. (2018). Performance of amplicon and shotgun sequencing for accurate biomass estimation in invertebrate community samples. Mol. Ecol. Res., 1–15 (*Corresponding author).
  • Deiner K., Bik H. M., Mächler E., Seymour M., Lacoursière-Roussel A., Altermatt F., Creer S., Bista I., Lodge D.M., de Vere N.… Bernatchez L. (2017). Environmental DNA metabarcoding: Transforming how we survey animal and plant communities. Mol. Ecol., 26 (21), 5872–5895.
  • Bista I. *, Carvalho G.R., Walsh K., Seymour M., Hajibabaei M., Lallias D., Christmas M., Creer S. (2017). Annual time-series analysis of aqueous eDNA reveals ecologically relevant dynamics of lake ecosystem biodiversity. Nature Communications, 8, 14087 (*Corresponding author).

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DNA-based biodiversity assessment methods.

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