Key Questions for Next-Generation Biomonitoring

Andreas Makiola, Zacchaeus G. Compson, Donald J. Baird, Matthew A. Barnes, Sam P. Boerlijst, Agnès Bouchez, Georgina Brennan, Alex Bush, Elsa Canard, Tristan Cordier, Simon Creer, R. Allen Curry, Patrice David, Alex J. Dumbrell, Dominique Gravel, Mehrdad Hajibabaei, Brian Hayden, Berry van der Hoorn, Philippe Jarne, J. Iwan JonesBattle Karimi, Francois Keck, Martyn Kelly, Ineke E. Knot, Louie Krol, Francois Massol, Wendy A. Monk, John Murphy, Jan Pawlowski, Timothée Poisot, Teresita M. Porter, Kate C. Randall, Emma Ransome, Virginie Ravigné, Alan Raybould, Stephane Robin, Maarten Schrama, Bertrand Schatz, Alireza Tamaddoni-Nezhad, Krijn B. Trimbos, Corinne Vacher, Valentin Vasselon, Susie Wood, Guy Woodward, David A. Bohan

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Classical biomonitoring techniques have focused primarily on measures linked to various biodiversity metrics and indicator species. Next-generation biomonitoring (NGB) describes a suite of tools and approaches that allow the examination of a broader spectrum of organizational levels—from genes to entire ecosystems. Here, we frame 10 key questions that we envisage will drive the field of NGB over the next decade. While not exhaustive, this list covers most of the key challenges facing NGB, and provides the basis of the next steps for research and implementation in this field. These questions have been grouped into current- and outlook-related categories, corresponding to the organization of this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Article number197
JournalFrontiers in Environmental Science
StatePublished - Jan 9 2020


  • artificial intelligence
  • biodiversity assessment
  • eDNA
  • ecological networks
  • metabarcoding


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