Diatom Morphology

09/04/2010 - 09/05/2010

Minneapolis, MN, USA

This two-day workshop for active researchers in diatom science, following the 21st International Diatom Symposium. This meeting brought together experts on diatom morphology and systematics to compile and reconcile current knowledge on diatom systematics and prioritize future directions. Proceedings will be published in the journal Phytotaxa.

Species Distributions II

07/07/2010 - 07/10/2010

University of Colorado at Boulder, 
Boulder, CO, USA

The geographic distribution of species is at the very heart of ecology, biogeography and conservation. An essential first step often necessary to answer questions in these fields is to have accurate representationsof species distributions, i.e. some sort of geographic range maps. Such maps have had myriad uses in biodiversity and biogeographic research. For example, accurate distribution maps are essential in measuring biodiversity which in turn form the basis for our ecological and evolutionary understanding ofregions and taxa and help making sound conservation decisions.

Meiofauna

06/07/2010 - 06/18/2010

Bocas Reseach Station, 
Bocas del Toro, Panama

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.

Lichens

05/13/2010 - 05/16/2010

Biodiversity Synthesis Center, The Field Museum, 
Chicago, IL, USA

Lichens are critical for understanding fungal evolution. This workshop, focused on the Parmeliaceae or lichen-forming fungi, brought together more than 25 scientists and students from 15 countries to compile data on and reconcile the systematics of the more than 2000 species in this group. The meeting will produced new content for EOL, vetted species lists, lifedesks, curators, and plans for peer-reviewed publications.

Deep Sea Fishes

05/10/2010 - 05/15/2010

Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, 
Cambridge, MA, USA

This workshop brought together experts and aspiring deep‐sea systematists to catalog all the world’s deep‐sea species and invigorate the pace of discovery in the deep‐sea realm. The hallmark product of the meeting is an annotated inventory of all deep‐sea vertebrates, those fishes adapted to life in Earth’s most harsh and barren oceanic waters.