The University of Guelph has developed a stronghold in biodiversity, from DNA barcoding and organismal physiology to whole ecosystem processes. The Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at the University of Guelph is a world leader in developing barcoding as a technique to catalog global biodiversity. However, biodiversity, like any system, is more than the parts themselves, and the maintenance of biodiversity and its functions depends intimately on the structure of all its components or "biostructure". More specifically, biostructure is the structure behind biodiversity that arises at all levels of biological organization including genetic structure, population structure, community structure, spatial structure, and food web/ecosystem structure.
The Biodiversity Resilience Network [BiRN] is a group of researchers that collectively seek to understand how global change is impacting the underlying biostructure across all levels organization, as it is this biostructure that maintains the resilience of the ecosystem functions we rely on.
The network was established in fall 2017 and is currently in the development phase. Its main focus is to promote collaborative research projects among scientists at the University of Guelph in the areas of DNA, physiology, behaviour, populations, communities, and whole biogeochemical cycles as well as socioeconomic considerations.