The Lepidoptera Barcode of Life Campaign is being coordinated jointly at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (University of Guelph, Canada) and the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology (ZSM, Munich, Germany). The costs for DNA analysis incurred by the campaign are supported by grants towards the International Barcode of Life (iBOL) initiative (www.iBOLproject.org).
To achieve the ambitious goal of barcoding the world fauna of Lepidoptera, several campaigns have been established; each of these campaigns has its own coordinator and one or more campaign leaders.
The supervisors of the global campaign and the coordinators of the different campaigns are responsible for coordinating projects created by campaign participants from various regions of the world. As the members of this leadership team automatically have access to all Lepidoptera barcoding projects that are under their supervision, they have the privilege and responsibility to analyze barcode data collected from broader geographic regions and/or on larger taxonomic scales. This allows them to communicate with individual project managers and facilitates their ability to point out findings such as genetic divergence of species with wide geographic distributions, potential cryptic species, or probable misidentifications.
Supervisors for the Lepidoptera Barcode of Life Campaign: Axel Hausmann (Campaign Lead), Paul Hebert, Rodolphe Rougerie