Tuesday, March 16, 2010



3 - 8 Octubre 2010 Quito - Ecuador
Congreso anual ONTA 2010 
del 3 al 8 de Octubre  en  Quito - Ecuador
Fechas Importantes:

Apertura Registros online: 8 de Marzo  2010
Fecha límite envío resúmenes: 18 de Junio  2010
Fecha límite Registros y pagos: 30 de Junio 2010
Notificación de aceptación de resúmenes 23 de Julio 2010
Inicio de la Reunión: 3 de Octubre de 2010

EUMAINE - European Master of Science in Nematology, MSc

Ghent University, Faculty of Sciences

Country: Belgium Duration: 24 Months
City: Ghent Start Date: September
Educational Form:
  • Taught
Languages: English 
Education Variants:
  • Full Time
Annual Tuition Fee: € 525

Programme Description

The Postgraduate International Nematology Course (P.I.N.C.) is a Master course at Ghent University, Belgium . It is a 2-year programme taught in English. The nematology section at Ghent University is an internationally renowned centre for education and research on nematodes of different groups.

We aim to train people from all over the world into high qualified nematologists taking leading jobs in plant protection, sustainable management of natural resources, biocontrol of crops, biomonitoring and conservation of aquatic and terrestrial environments, and estimating biodiversity.

The Master of Science in Nematology programme includes training and research on the morphology, systematics and biology of plant parasitic, insect parasitic and free-living nematodes. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of microscopy techniques and accurate identification skills, aided by the availability of a virtually complete taxonomic library. The main purpose is to provide each student with the expertise required for conducting independent research in his or her home country.

Major attention is given to crop protection and topics including environmental issues such as soil management (residues, groundwater), use of nematodes as bio-indicators for pollution of e.g. industrialised coastal areas, and development of tropical ecosystems (e.g. mangroves). A third aspect covered in particular is the latest techniques being developed for control of nematode pests, such as genetic manipulation.

BMSC Summer 2010 Courses

A Summer 2009 student writes:
"After finishing my summer courses at Bamfield last year, I knew I wanted to come back. It was one of the most enriching and amazing experiences I have ever had. As soon as this year’s courses were up, I was on it. Then I was conflicted: I wanted to take them all. "

Applications are still being accepted. See below for courses which are fully enrolled.

Summer 2010 Schedule (PDF)


University Programs Coordinator:
Beth Rogers
(250) 728-3301 ext. 216

Monday, March 15, 2010

International School on Foraminifera

April 7-16, 2010.  Urbino, Italy

The 3rd Course on Foraminifera is designed to provide an overview of the Taxonomy, Ecology, Biodiversity and Geological History of Benthic and Planktonic Foraminifera. This intensive course is intended for students interested in Micropalaeontology, Palaeoceanography, Palaecology, and Climate History. The aim is to provide a primer on the study foraminifera and examples of how foraminifera can be used as palaeoenvironmental and palaeoceanographical proxies. We review the current classification schemes of the foraminifera, discuss Ecology and Life History, review their usefulness for Biostratigraphical applications, and use case studies to investigate the geological history of the group with lab sessions.

Two distinct courses are planned: Benthic Foraminiferal Course (7-11 April) and Planktonic Foraminiferal Course (12-16 April).

For complete meeting details, please see the course announcement

CAML Workshop on Southern Ocean benthic biodiversity and distribution patterns

21 - 25 March 2010, German Centre of Marine Biodiversity Research (DZMB), Wilhelmshaven, Germany
A workshop on Southern Ocean benthic biodiversity and distribution patterns will be held at the German Centre of Marine Biodiversity Research (DZMB) in Wilhelmshaven (Northern Germany). This meeting will be supported by the Census of Antarctic Marine Life (CAML), the German Science Foundation (DFG) and the Census of the Diversity of Abyssal Marine Life (CeDAMar). More information on the key questions and application details are available in the first circular

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

49th Annual Meeting. Society of Nematology


Abstract Submission Deadline: April 30, 2010
  • There is a $35.00 fee per abstract. Payment must accompany your abstract submission.

    Abstracts can be submitted online or mailed.
    Abstracts are limited to 500 words.
    Abstract must be received no later then April 30, 2010
    Time for oral presentations = 12 minutes, plus 3 minutes for discussion.
    Posters must be 46 inches (height) x 36 inches (width)

Submit your abstract online: SUBMIT NOW
Download complete instructions and examples HERE
Mail in your abstract: Download form


Member and Non-Member Registration Includes: Welcome Reception, daily lunch, coffee breaks, wine & cheese poster session and Excursion Tour
Accompanying Registration Includes: Reception, daily lunch, coffee breaks and wine & cheese poster session
*Must be accompanied by a certification of student status form
**Fee per person
Excursion Tour Details will be available soon

Mail in your Registration- Download PDF form

More details here

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

2010 Courses:
Meiofauna Diversity and Taxonomy
7 - 18 June, 2010
Bocas Reseach Station, Bocas del Toro, Panama
List of participating experts

Jon Norenburg, NMNH
Rachel Collin, STRI


Course Description

Meiofauna is loosely defined as animals capable of passing through a 0.5-mm mesh. Those associated with various marine sediments include entire phyla (such as kinorhynchs and gastrotrichs), entire major clades of other invertebrate phyla (especially among the arthropods, nematodes, annelids and platyhelminthes), as well as miniaturized representatives of most other animal phyla. Meiofauna probably accounts for well in excess of half the diversity present in complex biotopes such as coral reefs, with most but not all of it associated with sediments. While the great phylum and class level diversity of meiofauna is well-known, the genus and species-level diversity remains largely un-explored and un-documented. Previous, mostly morphological studies of meiofauna have led to groundbreaking insights about evolution, adaptation, and functional biology (e.g., adhesive and sensory structures), as well as fundamental insights into the evolution of the major animal groups in the tree of life.
This course is designed to orient participants to the vast biodiversity of tropical marine meiofauna through field and laboratory work. Specifically, it takes a taxon-survey approach to emphasize the development or enhancement of practical skills essential for collection, identification, characterization and preservation of meiofauna and development of EOL content. Sampling forays in diverse environments on protected and exposed shorelines throughout the Bocas del Toro Archipelago will complement morphological and molecular investigations in the laboratory.
Morphological investigation will emphasize the preparation of specimens for microscopic examination and sorting to the level possible with light microscopy. Participants will contribute to the development of the bilingual Bocas del Toro Biodiversity Inventory and developing pages for the Encyclopedia of Life.
Molecular investigation will emphasize sampling and preservation of material for subsequent analysis of DNA sequences for barcoding, phylogenetic and biogeographical studies. Data derived from this part of the class will contribute to the Bocas del Toro Barcode of Life Project.
Most field sites can be sampled by snorkeling (0-10m depths), but optional SCUBA diving opportunities (for appropriately certified individuals see: SI Scientific Diving Program) will be available. The course will be taught in English.


Application Procedure

This course is directed towards graduate students and advanced Licenciado candidates and will be conducted in English. Please e-mail your CV, 1 letter of recommendation, and a 1-2 page statement explaining your background and reasons for taking the course, to Rebecca Rissanen at RissanenJ@si.edu before March 1, 2010. Limit 12 students. To be considered for a need-based fellowship, applicants should send a description of their need, their efforts to obtain funding from other available sources, and a travel budget. For more information see Taxonomy Training.


Course Registration Fee

$600 (Includes room and board, STRI registration, etc)
Some Fellowships will be available

Monday, March 8, 2010

Meiobenthology, The Microscopic Motile Fauna of Aquatic Sediments

The Benthos of Lakes

Product Description

By Ralph O. Brinkhurst

First published in 1974, this book has become a classic in the field.

The book sought to identify hypotheses that had been erected in the past, and to investigate the extent to which they had been adequately tested. The various environmental and methodologic factors that needed to be addressed in attempting future tests of hypotheses were discussed. There was no attempt to present an encyclopedic account of the literature. A very large volume of publications was traced and obtained. This effort was considered to be closed when new documents added little to the accumulated pattern of ideas, but even so, over 400 titles appear in the references. The volume should therefore continue to be of value as a source of ideas for benthic biologists, and teachers and students of limnology.

More details Here

Methods for the Study of Marine Benthos, 3rd Edition

Ecosystems of the benthic environment are a sensitive index to ecological change, and as such demand long-term and effective monitoring. Methods for the Study of Marine Benthos provides comprehensive information on the tools and techniques available to those working in areas where the declining health of the sea, depletion of marine resources and the biodiversity of marine life are major concerns.

Professor Anastasios Eleftheriou is based at the Institute of Marine Biology, University of Crete, Crete, Greece

Professor Alasdair McIntyre is based at the Marine Laboratory, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Chapter 1.
Design and Analysis in Benthic Surveys.
Chapter 2.
Sediment Analysis and Seabed Characterisation.
Chapter 3.
Imaging Techniques.
Chapter 4.
Diving Systems.
Chapter 5.
Macrofauna Techniques.
Chapter 6.
Meiofauna Techniques.
Chapter 7.
Deep-Sea Benthic Sampling.
Chapter 8.
Measuring the Flow of Energy and Matter in Marine Benthic Animal Populations