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Estuarine and Marine Littoral Taxonomy Workshop

Event Type: Training Course
Event Date: 2004-07-05    
End Date: 2004-07-09

Event Description:
Learn from the experts: Identification of algae, polychaetes and oligochaetes to species level.

Estuaries are harsh ecosystems subject to highly variable environmental conditions, sites for major industries and repositories for a varietyof effluents. Organisms able to colonise estuaries have evolved mechanisms that allow them to survive fluctuations in water salinity, long periods of immersion and emersion and, in some instances, a degree of pollution. This means that many of the species found in estuaries areunique to that environment. Those organisms living in the marine littoralenvironment are subjected to similarly difficult conditions.

This 5-day workshop is primarily aimed at people working in the estuarine and marine littoral environment either in the water industry, as consultants or as academics. However, because monitoring of the freshwater environment often extends into brackish waters, this workshop will prove useful to all aquatic biologists, ecologists and taxonomists.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to use up-to-date taxonomic keys to identify algae, polychaetes and oligochaetes to species level. Each taxon will be taught by experts from the Natural History Museum, London, and the Environment Agency. Participants demonstrationg a high degree of competance will be awarded a certificate at the end of the workshop.

Places on this workshop are limited so early booking is essential !

Contact email:

Event programme:
Registration will take place on Monday, 08.00-0845 for participants going on the field excursion, or 13.00-14.00 for those who are not.

  • Monday: 09.00-13.00 Field excursion; 13.00-14.00 Lunch; 14.00-18.00 Algae.
  • Tuesday: 09.00-13.00 Algae; ; 13.00-14.00 Lunch; 14.00-18.00 Algae.
  • Wednesday: 09.00-13.00 Polychaetes; 13.00-14.00 Lunch; 14.00-18.00 Polychaetes.
  • Thursday: 09.00-13.00 Polychaetes; 13.00-14.00 Lunch; 14.00-18.00 Polychaetes.
  • Friday: ; 09.00-13.00 Oligochates; 13.00-14.00 Lunch; 14.00-16.00 Oligochates.

Collaborators and organisers:
For more information contact:

Dr Jackie Trigwell:
Ecology Research Group
Canterbury Christ Church University College
The Mount
Stodmarsh Road
Kent, CT3 4AQ, UK
Tel: +44 01227 782670
Fax: +44 01227 786501

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 Ward on 2004-04-29 and approved by Webmaster