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Workshop on taxonomy of deep-sea copepods

Location: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Event Type: Workshop
Event Date: 2005-11-21    
End Date: 2005-11-29

Event Description:
A CeDAMar workshop and training course on taxonomy of deep-sea copepods

Copepods are the second most abundant metazoan taxon in deep-sea sediments.
Although density of copepods is generally low in abyssal depths, their
diversity is astonishing. A typical multicorer sample can yield 30-50
species, practically all of them being new to science. Copepods play an
important role in the characterization of abyssal communities as they are
sensitive to changes in food availability, disturbance and sediment type.
The benthic copepod community is dominated by harpacticoid copepods, while
hyperbenthic species usually belong to the Cyclopoida and Calanoida.

Several nations are currently involved in deep-sea studies concerning
evaluation of disturbances caused by possible deep-sea mining activities, by
impacts of deep-sea effluents or waste dumping, or by the study of
latitudinal diversity gradients. Such studies normally consider meiofauna at
high a taxonomic level only like nematodes, copepods etc. A more detailed
study is possible when lower taxonomic units like genus or even species are

The current workshop will consist of 2 modules. The first module is a 6 days
training course in the identification of deep-sea copepods. This module is
intended for students and scientists involved or interested in the study of
deep-sea meiofauna samples, or wanting to acquire basic knowledge for
species-level identification of major deep-sea copepod groups. The second
module will consist in discussions on how to deal with the great number of
undescribed species in the deep sea, to develop strategies and tools for the
intercalibration and quality assurance of identifications of deep-sea
copepods, on how to deal with "working species", and on how to better
cooperate and interconnect while running deep-sea programs.

Venue: The workshop will be held at the German Centre for Marine
Biodiversity Research DZMB-Senckenberg in the city of Wilhelmshaven,
Germany. Accommodation in double-room can be made available at the institute
at a rate of 10 Euro per person/night. The nearest international airport is
Bremen Airport.

The workshop is supported by a grant of the Alfred Sloan Foundation to
CeDAMar. Travel support can be made available on request.

Application: Written application including short cv, personal interests, and
requested funding support should be sent by email to
Deadline for application: October 1st, 2005.

Contact email:

Event programme:
Preliminary Program

21 November
Introduction to workshop. Methods of deep-sea meiofauna research.
Copepod morphology. Sorting and dissecting methods.

22 November
Harpacticoid copepods. Introduction to abyssal families. Tips and
tricks for the identification on family-level.

23. November
Harpacticoid copepods. Identification to family- and genus-level

24. November
Harpacticoid copepods. Identification to species-level

25. November
Cyclopoid copepods

26. November
Misophrioida and Calanoida

27. November
Discussions and strategies 1

28. November
Discussions and strategies 2

29. November
Discussions and strategies 3

Collaborators and organisers:
P. Martinez Arbizu (Senckenberg Institute, Germany) & H.K. Schminke (University of Oldenburg, Germany)

Website url: 

Registration form: 

Registration fee: 

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by WardAppeltans on 2005-08-24 and approved by webmaster