Erasmus, Dr. Daniel

Daniel Erasmus
PhD (University of British Columbia); MSc and BSc Hons., (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) Assistant Professor
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  • Prince George

Research and Expertise

The primary goal of my research is to work with undergraduate students and provide them with opportunities to do research as a part of their educational experience at UNBC. Students who share my interest in DNA and its role as the blue print of life, apply their knowledge to investigate population genetics of fish and genetic barcoding of aquatic insects in the Prince George area.

Research Fields:
  • Biodiversity/Ecology
Areas of Expertise:

biochemistry, microbiology, aquatic entomology, genetics, genomics, wine chemistry, wine microbiology

Languages Spoken:
  • Afrikaans
  • English
Not accepting graduate students

Selected Publications

Erasmus D. J. 2021. DNA barcoding: A different perspective to introducing undergraduate students to DNA sequence analysis. BAMBED

Erasmus D.J., and Huber D.P.W. 2020. Plecoptera from the Crooked River, British Columbia. Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia. 117, December 2020.

Adam D.C. O’Dell, Anne-Marie Flores, Marla D. Schwarzfeld, Daniel J. Erasmus, Daniel D. Heath, Dezene P.W. Huber, and J. Mark Shrimpton. 2020. Determining diets for fishes (Actinopterygii) from a small interior British Columbia, Canada stream: a comparison of morphological and molecular approaches. The Canadian Entomologist. doi:10.4039/tce.2020.25

Huber, D.P., Shrimpton, C.M. and Erasmus, D.J., 2019. Eight new provincial species records of mayflies (Ephemeroptera) from one Arctic watershed river in British Columbia. Western North American Naturalist, 79(1), pp.1-11.

Burian, S.K., Erasmus, D.J., Shrimpton, C.M., Currie, D.C., Giberson, D.J. and Huber, D.P., 2018. First records of Baetis vernus Curtis (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae) in North America, with morphological notes. Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia, 115, pp.3-24.

Erasmus, D.J., Yurkowski, E.A. and Huber, D.P., 2018. DNA barcode-based survey of Trichoptera in the Crooked River reveals three new species records for British Columbia. PeerJ, 6, p.e4221.

Daniel J. Erasmus, Sharon Brewer and Bruno Cinel. 2015. Integrating bio-inorganic and analytical chemistry into an undergraduate biochemistry laboratory. BAMBED, 43:2 121-125

Daniel J. Erasmus, Sharon Brewer and Bruno Cinel. 2015. Assessing the Engagement, Learning, and Overall Experience of Students Operating an Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer with Remote Access Technology. BAMBED 43:1 6-12

Daniel J. Erasmus and Hennie J. J. van Vuuren. 2009. Genetic Basis for Osmosensitivity and Genetic Instability of the Wine Yeast S. cerevisiae VIN7. Am J Enol Vitic. 60:2 145-154.

Marks, Virginia D.; Ho Sui, Shannan J.; Erasmus, Daniel; van der Merwe, George K.; Brumm, Jochen; Wasserman, Wyeth W.; Bryan, Jennifer; van Vuuren, Hennie J. J. 2008. Dynamics of the yeast transcriptome during wine fermentation reveals a novel fermentation stress response. FEMS Yeast Research, 8: 35-52

Joana Coulon, John I. Husnik, Debra L. Inglis, George K. van der Merwe, Aline Lonvaud, Daniel J. Erasmus and Hennie J. J. van Vuuren. 2006. Metabolic Engineering of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to Minimize the Production of Ethyl Carbamate in Wine. Am. J. Enol. Vitic. 57:2 113-124

Erasmus, D. J., Cliff, M. A., and van Vuuren, H. J. J. 2004. Impact of Yeast Strain on the Production of Acetic Acid, Glycerol, and the Sensory Attributes of Icewine. Am. J. Enol. Vitic. (55) 371-378

Erasmus, D. J., van der Merwe, G. K., and van Vuuren, H. J. J. 2003. Genome-wide expression analyses: Metabolic adaptation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to high sugar stress. FEMS Yeast Research (3) 375-399