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Lab Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications:


    1. Drinkwater R, Goodwin A, Crush J, Korstian JM, Chumchal MM, Gerardo Herrera LM, Valdez M, Otalora-Ardila A, Flores-Martinez JJ, Clare EL. Molecular diet analysis of the marine fish eating bat, Myotis vivesi, and levels of total mercury exposure. Canadian Journal of Zoology. Accepted

    2. Drinkwater R, Jucker T, Potter JHT, Swinfield T, Coomes DA, Slade EM, Gilbert MTP, Lewis OT, Bernard H, Struebig MJ, Clare EL, Rossiter SJ. 2021. Leech blood-meal Invertebrate-derived DNA reveals differences in Bornean mammal diversity across habitats. Molecular Ecology. In press.

    3. Clare EL, Economou C, Faulkes CG, Gilbert JD, Bennett F, Drinkwater R, Littlefair JE. 2021. eDNAir: proof of concept that animal DNA can be collected from air sampling. PeerJ. 9:e11030.

    4. Rowe AK, Donohue ME, Clare EL, Drinkwater R, Koenig A, Ridgway AM, Martin LD, Nomenjanahary ES, Zakamanana F, Randriamanandaza LJ, Rakotonirina TE, Wright P. 2021. Exploratory analysis reveals arthropod consumption in ten lemur species using DNA meababrcoding. American Journal of Primatology. e23256.

    5. Gallant LR, Fenton MB, Grooms C, Bogdanowicz W, Stewart RS, Clare EL, Smol JP; Blais JM. 2021. A 4,300-year history of dietary changes in a bat colony determined from a tropical guano deposit. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences. 126(4): e2020JG006026.

    6. Villa-Galaviz E, Smart SM, Clare EL, Ward SE, Memmott J. 2021. Differential effects of fertilisers on pollination and parasitoid interaction networks. Journal of Animal Ecology. 90(2)404-414.

    7. Qi Chan AA, Aziz SA, Clare EL, Coleman JL. 2021. Diet, ecological role and potential ecosystem services of the fruit bat, Cynopterus brachyotis, in a tropical city. Urban Ecosystems. 24: 251-263.

    8. Hemprich-Bennett DR, Oliveira HFM, LeComber SC, Rossiter SJ, Clare EL. 2020. Assessing the impact of taxon resolution on network structure with implications for comparative ecology. Ecology. 102(3):e03256.

    9. Novella-Fernandez R, Ibañez C, Juste J, Clare EL, Doncaster CP, Razgour O. 2020. Trophic resource partitioning drives fine-scale coexistence in cryptic bat species. Ecology and Evolution. 10(24):14122-14136.

    10. Bogdanowicz W, Worobiec E, Grooms C, Kimpe L, Smol J, Steward R, Suchecka E, Pomorski J, Blais J, Clare EL, Fenton MB. 2020. Pollen assemblage and environmental DNA changes: a 4300-year-old guano deposit from Jamaica. Quaternary Inernational. 558: 47-58.

    11. Carr A, Weatherall A, Fialas P, Clare EL, Zeale MRK, Jones G. 2020. Moths consumed by the barbastellle Barbastella barbastellus require larval host plants that occur within its foraging habitats. Acta Chiropterologica. 22(2): 257-269.

    12. de Oliveira H, Camargo N, Hemprich-Bennett D, Rodrigues-Herrera B, Rossiter S, Clare EL. 2020. Wing morphology predicts individual niche specialization in Pteronotus mesoamericanus (Mammalia: Chiroptera). PloS ONE. 15(5): e0232601.

    13. Gallant LR, Grooms C, Kimpe LE, Smol JP, Bogdanowicz W, Stefan RS, Clare EL, Fenton BM, Blais JM. 2020. A 4,300-year record of tropical bat diet, agricultural changes, and metal exposure. Palaeogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology. 538: 109470.

    14. Clare EL, Fazekas A, Ivanova N, Floyd R Hebert P, Adams A, Nagel J, Girton R, Newmaster S, Fenton B. 2019. Three approaches to incorporating DNA into food webs. Molecular Ecology. 28:503-519.

    15. Faulkes CG, Elmore JS, Baines DA, Fenton B, Simmons NB, Clare EL. 2019. Chemical characterisation of potential pheromones from the shoulder gland of the Northern yellow-shouldered-bat, Sturnira parvidens (Phyllostomidae: Stenodermatinae). PeerJ. Accepted.

    16. Drinkwater R, Williamson J, Swinfield T, Deere NJ, Struebig MKJ, Clare EL, Coomes D, Rossiter SJ. 2019. Occurence of blood feeding terrestrial leeches (Haemadipsidae) in a degraded forest ecosystem and their potential as ecological indicators. Biotropica. Accepted.

    17. Gordon R, Ivens S, Ammerman L, Fenton MB. Ratcliffe JM, Clare EL. 2019. Echolocation shapes food webs in an insectivorous desert bat community. Ecology and Evolution. 9:3117-3129.

    18. Drinkwater, R, Bærholm I, Schnell KB, Bernard H, Veron G, Clare EL, Gilbert MTP, Rossiter SJ. 2019. A metabarcoding approach for comparing the suitability of two blood-feeding leech species for sampling mammalian diversity in North Borneo. Molecular Ecology Resources. 19:105-117.

    19. Littlefair J, Zander A, deSena Costa C, Clare EL. 2019. DNA metabarcoding reveals changes in trophic interactions along an elevation gradient. Molecular Ecology. 28:281-292.

    20. Deagle B, Thomas A, McInnes J, Clarke L, Vesterinen E, Clare E, Kartzinel TR, Eveson P. 2019. Counting with DNA in metabarcoding studies: how should we convert sequence reads to dietary data?" Molecular Ecology. 28:391-406.

    21. Gresty C, Clare EL, Devey D, Cowan R, Malakasi P, Csiba L, Lewis O, Willis K. 2018. Flower preferences and pollen transport networks for cavity-nesting solitary bees: implications for the design of agri-environment schemes. Ecology and Evolution. 8:7574-7587.

    22. Czenze ZJ, Tucker JL, Clare EL, Littlefair JE, Hemprich-Bennett D, De Oliveira HFM, Brigham RM, Hickery AJR, Parsons S. 2018. Demographics, Season, and Location Affect Dietary Preferences of New Zealand Lesser Short-Tailed Bat (Mystacina tuberculata). Ecology and Evolution. 8: 7599-7610.

    23. Brandon-Mong G-J, Littlefaire J, Sing K-W, Lee Y-P, Gan H-M, Clare EL, Wilson J-J. 2018. Temporal change in arthropod activity in tropical anthropogenic forests. Bulletin of Entomological Research. 108:792-799.

    24. Herrera JP, Duncan N, Clare EL, Fenton MB, Simmons NB. 2018. Community disassembly of fragmented bat communities in Orange Walk District, Belize. Acta Chiropterologica. 20:147-159.

    25. Arrizabalaga-Eqcudero A, Clare EL, Salsamendi, E, Alberdi A, Garin I, Aihartza J, Goiti U. 2018. Unveiling the niche partitioning of sibling horseshoe bats by DNA. Molecular Ecology. 27:1273-1283.

    26. Pearson CE, Symondson WOC, Clare EL, Ormerod JS, Bolanos EI, Vaughan IP. 2018. The effects of pastoral intensification on the feeding ineractions of generalist predators in streams. Molecular Ecology. 27:590-602.

    27. Nielsen JM, Clare EL, Hayden B, Brett MT, Kratina P. 2018. Diet tracing in ecology: Method comparison and selection. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 9.2787-291.

    28. Becker DJ, Chumchal MM, Broders HG, Korstian JM, Clare EL, Rainwater TR, Platt SG, Simmons NB, Fenton MB. 2018. Mercury bioaccumulation in bats reflects dietary connectivity to aquatic food webs. Environmental Pollution. 233:1076-1085.

    29. Lim VC, Clare EL, Littlefair JE, Ramli R, Bhassu S, Wilson JJ. 2018. Impact of urbanisation and agriculture on seed dispersal by fruit bats. Urban Ecosystems. 21:61-70

    30. Littlefair JE, Clare EL. 2016. DNA barcoding the food chain: ecosystems, food security and finished products. Genome.59:946-958.

    31. Clare EL, Chain FJJ, Littlefair JE, Cristescu ME. 2016. The effects of parameter choice on defining molecular operational taxonomic units and resulting ecological analyses of metabarcoding data. Genome. 59:981-990.

    32. Adamowicz S, Chain F, Clare E, Deiner K, Dinca V, Elias-Gutierrez, M, Hausmann A, Hogg I, Kekkonen M, Lijtmaer D, Naaum A, Steinke D, Valdez-Moreno, Van der Bank M, Wilson John, Jianping X. 2016. From barcodes to biomes: Special issues from the 6th international barcode of life conference. 59:v-ix.

    33. Murphy M, Clare EL, Rydell J, Yovel Y, Baron Y, Oelbaum P, Fenton B. 2016. Opportunistic use of banana flower bracts by Glossophaga soricina. Acta Chiropterologica. 18:209-213.

    34. Clare EL, Holderied MW. 2015. Resting substrates provide acoustic camouflage for moths preyed upon by gleaning bats. eLife 5: 4:e07404.

    35. Salinas-Ramos VB, Gerardo Herrera LM, Leon-Regagnon V, Arrizabalaga-Escudero A,Clare EL. 2015. Dietary overlap and seasonality in three species of mormoopid bats from a tropical dry forest. Molecular Ecology. 24:5296-5307.

    36. Clare EL. 2014. Molecular detection of trophic interactions: emerging trends, distinct advantages, significant considerations and conservation applications. Evolutionary Applications. 7: 1144-1157.

    37. Sedlock JL, Kruger F, Clare EL. 2014. Island bat diets: does it matter more who you are or where you live?. Molecular Ecology. 23: 3684-3694.

    38. Clare EL, Symondson WOC, Broders H, Fabianek F, Fraser E, Mackenzie A, Boughen A, Hamilton R, Willis C, Martinex F, Menzies A, Norquay K, Brigham M, Poissant J, Rintoul J, Barclay R, Reimer J.2014. The diet of Myotis lucifugus across Canada: assessing habitat quality and dietary variability. Molecular Ecology. 23:3618-3632.

    39. Clare EL, Symondson WOC, Fenton MB. 2014. An inordinate fondness for beetles? Variation in seasonal dietary preferences of night roosting big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus). Molecular Ecology. 23: 2333-2647.

    40. Emrich MA, Clare EL, Symondson WOC, Koenig S, Fenton MB. 2014. Resource Partitioning by Insectivorous Bats in Jamaica. Molecular Ecology. 23: 3648-3656.

    41. Kruger F, Clare EL, Grief S, Siemers BM, Symondson WOC, Sommer RS. 2014. Subtle trophic niche differentiation in the sympatric trawling bat species Myotis dasycneme and Myotis daubentonii. Molecular Ecology. 23: 3657-3671.

    42. Kruger F, Clare EL, Symondson WOC, Keis O, Peetersons G. 2014. Diet of the insectivorous bat Pipistrellus nathusii during autumn migration and summer residence. Molecular Ecology. 23: 3672-3683.

    43. Brown DS, Burger R, Cole N, Vencatasamy D, Clare EL, Symondson WOC. 2014. Dietary competition between the alien Asian Musk Shrew (Suncus murinus) and a reintroduced population of Telfair's Skink (Leiolopisma telfarii). Molecular Ecology. 23: 3695-3705.

    44. Clare EL, Goerlitz HR, Drapeau VA, Holderied MW, Adams AM, Dumont ER, Hebert PDN, Fenton MB. 2014. Trophic niche flexibility in Glossophaga soricina: how a nectar seeker sneaks an inect snack. Functional Ecology. 28: 632-6441.

    45. Pinol J, San Andre V, Clare EL, Mir G, Symondson WOC. 2013. A pragmatic approach to the analysis of diets of generalist predators? The use of next generation sequencing with no blocking probes. Molecular Ecology Resources. 14: 18-26.

    46. Clare EL, Schiestle FP, Leitch AR, Chittka L. 2013. The promise of genomics in the study of plant-pollinator interactions. Genome Biology. 28: 632-6441.

    47. Jarrin-V P, Clare EL. 2013. Systematics of Sturnira (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) in Ecuador, with comments on species boundaries. Zoo Taxa.360 (1):165-183.

    48. Clare EL, Adams AM, Maya-Simoes AZ, Eger JL, Hebert PDN and Fenton MB. 2013. Diversification and reproductive isolation: cryptic species in the only New World high-duty cycle bat, Pteronotus parnellii.BMC Evolutionary Biology. 13:26

    49. Morgan ER, Clare EL, Jefferies R, Stevens J. 2012. Parasite epidemiology in a changing world: can molecular phylogeography tell the woods from the trees? Parasitology. Invited Review Article. 139(14):1924-1938.

    50. Razgour O, Clare EL, Baerholm I, Rasmussen M, Gilbert MTP, Jones G. 2011. High-throughput sequencing offers insight into mechanisms of resources partitioning in cryptic bat species.Ecology and Evolution. 1(4):556-570.

    51. Clare EL, Lim BK, Fenton MB, Hebert PDN. 2011. Neotropical bats: Estimating species diversity with DNA barcodes. PloS ONE. 6(7): e22648.

    52. Clare EL. 2011. Cryptic Species? Patterns of maternal and paternal gene flow in 8 neotropical bats PLoS ONE. 6(7): e21460.

    53. Bohmann K, Jomadjem A, Noer C, Rasmussen M, Zeale M, Clare EL, Willerslev E, Gilber MTP. 2011. Molecular dietary analysis of two African free-tailed bats (Molossidae) using high throughput sequencing. PLoS ONE. 6(6): e21441.

    54. Clare EL, Barber B, Sweeney BW, Hebert PDN, and Fenton MB. 2011. Eating local: Influences of habitat on the diet of little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus). Molecular Ecology.20(8):1772-1780.

    55. Maya-Simoes AZ, Clare EL, Fenton MB. 2010. Parnell's Mustached Bat (Pteronotus parnellii): a morphologically cryptic species complex. Chiroptera Neotropical 16(1): 130-132.

    56. Ashlock D, Clare EL, Ashlock W, von Konigslow TE. 2010. Evolution and instability in ring species complexes: an in silico approach to the study of speciation. Journal of Theoretical Biology. 264 (4): 1202-1213.

    57. Dzal Y, Hooton, LA, Clare EL, Fenton MB. 2009. Bat activity and genetic diversity at Long Point, Ontario, an important bird stopover site. Acta Chiropterologica. 11(2): 307-315.

    58. Clare EL, Fraser EE, Braid HE, Fenton MB, Hebert PDN. 2009. Species on the menu of a generalist predator, the Eastern red bat (Lasiurus borealis): Using a molecular approach to detect arthropod prey. Molecular Ecology. 18: 2532-2542.

    59. Faure P, Re D, Clare EL. 2009. Wound healing in the flight membranes of big brown bats. Journal of Mammalogy. 90(5): 1148-1156.

    60. Ashlock D, von Konigslow TE, Clare EL, Ashlock W. 2008. Transience in the simulation of ring species. Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. 256-263.

    61. Clare EL, Kerr K, von Konigslow T, Wilson J, Hebert PDN. 2008. Diagnosing mitochondrial DNA diversity: Applications of a sentinel gene approach. Journal of Molecular Evolution. 66: 362-367.

    62. Neff BD, Clare EL. 2008. Temporal variation in cuckoldry and paternity in two sunfish species (Lepomis spp.) with alternative reproductive tactics. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 2: 92-98.

    63. Hajibabaei M, Singer G, Clare, EL, Hebert PDN. 2007. Design and applicability of DNA arrays and DNA barcodes in biodiversity monitoring. BMC Biology. 5: 24.

    64. Clare EL, Lim BK, Engstrom MD, Eger JL, Hebert PDN. 2007. DNA barcoding Neotropical bats: species identification and discovery within Guyana. Molecular Ecology Notes. 7: 184-190.

Journal Articles in Review:

  • de Oliveira H, Rodriguez-Herrera B, Kuzmina M, Rossiter SJ, Clare EL. Effects of precipitation extremes on nestedness and modularity of tropical seed dispersal networks. Molecular Ecology. In Review.

  • Hempriche-Bennett DR, Kemp VA, Blackman J, Struebig MJ, Lewis OT, Rossiter SJ, Clare EL. Altered structure and stability of bat-prey interaction networks in logged tropical forests revealed by metabarcoding. Journal of Animal Ecology. In review.

  • Oelbaum PJ, Teixeira TSM, Clare EL, Broders HG. Interspecific variation in diet of frugivorous bats in fragments of Brazil’s Atlantic Forest associated with vegetation density. Oikos. In Review.

  • Brown AM, Speer KA, Teixeira T, Clare EL, Simmons NB, Balbuena JA Dick CW, Dittmar K, Perkins S. Phylogenetic and Ecological Trends in Specialization: Disentangling the Drivers of Ectoparasite Host Specificity. Journal of Animal Ecology. In Review.

  • Drinkwater R, Clare EL, Chung AYC, Rossiter SJ, Slade EM. Dung beetles as vertebrate samplers – a test of high throughput analysis of dung beetle iDNA. PeerJ. In Review.


Book Chapters:
  • Ivanova NV, Clare EL, Borisenko AV. "DNA Barcoding in Mammals" in DNA barcodes: Methods and Protocols. Ed. WJ Kress and DL Erikson. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

  • Hajibabaei M, Singer G, Clare EL, Hebert PDN. 2007. "Design and applicability of DNA Arrays and DNA barcodes" in biodiversity monitoring. In Biodiversity for Sustainable Development. Ed. Azmal Hussain. Icfai University Press.

Other Publications:
  • Elizabeth Clare and Nancy B. Simmons. Key to the Bats of Lamani 2019.

  • Elizabeth Clare and Nancy B. Simmons. Key to the Bats of Lamani.

  • Elizabeth Clare and M. Brock Fenton. Bats of Lamani. Field Guide.

  • Elizabeth Clare and Robin Floyd. Out of the dark: DNA sheds light on habitat type and quality through bat diet. BATS magazine. Publication of Bat Conservation International. Volume 29. No 3. Fall 2011.

  • Elizabeth Clare. No longer in the dark about what bats eat. Barcode Bulletin: the newsletter of the international barcode of life project. 1(2): 8-9. 2010.

  • Robin Floyd and Elizabeth Clare. Food Forensics: Using DNA to reveal the feeding behaviour of eastern red bats. BATS magazine. Publication of Bat Conservation International. Volume 27. No 4. Winter 2009.

  • Alex Borisenko, Nataly Ivanova, Elizabeth Clare and Robert Hanner. Canadian Center for DNA Barcoding Advances: Methods Release No. 6 - DNA sampling and storage using FTA CloneSaver cards. January 19th 2007.

Selected Research Press Coverage:
  • 2020 - "Ancient Bat Guano Reveals Thousands of Years of Human Impact on the Environment". Smithsonianmag.com
  • 2015 - "Acoustic shadows help gleaning bats find prey" ScienceVideos.org
  • 2015 - "Scientists create a bat ear that lets you see what bats hear" IFLScience.com
  • 2015 - "First imagery from echolocation reveals new signals for hunting bats" sciencedaily.com
  • 2015 - "elife podcast"
  • 2011 - "Finding Facts From Fragments" Barcoding Life Highlights 2011
  • 2011 - "Beth Clare, eco-CSI investigator" The Kitchener Waterloo Record.
  • 2011 - "Bat Mobiles" BBC Wildlife magazine.
  • 2011 - "Food forensics: DNA links habitat quality to bat diet" LiveScience.com and various other sources.
  • 2011 - "What are bats' favorite foods? The truth lies in the poop" Yahoo News and various other sources.
  • 2010 - Smithsonian Magazine "Meet the New Species" by Richard Conniff.
  • 2010 - The Portico (Magazine) "DNA barcoding Evolves"
  • 2009 - "At Guelph" (Newspaper and online feature) Grad Student Goes to Bat for Research
  • 2009 - "People Behind Biology: Elizabeth Lloyd Clare", research profile in Biology:exploring the diversity of life (text book) by Peter J Russel et al. published by Nelson.
  • 2007 - "Birds Bats and Barcodes" Science. v.315 p.1059.
  • 2007 - "Frog-Eating Bat Not Just Another Pretty Face" Strange Behaviours Blog byRichard Conniff.
  • 2007 - Spark: press article: "Young Researchers in a Young Science: Students among the most excited, active members of emerging barcoding community".
  • 2007 - Science Daily (Magazine) "New Bird, Bat Species Revealed by Extensive DNA Barcode Studies."




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