Беломорская биологическая станция МГУ имени М.В.Ломоносова
18 апреля, 2019

Summer schools

4th International Workshop on Symbiotic Copepoda

Dates: August 28 — Spetember 4, 2019

Venue: Nikolay Pertzov White Sea Biological Station (WSBS), Russia

More than 14,000 valid copepod species are known, about half of which live in symbiotic associations with nearly every animal group, ranging from sponges to chordates. Copepods are common parasites of marine and freshwater fishes and are known to cause diseases in finfish and shellfish aquaculture. They may also serve as useful bioindicators of host dispersal, host phylogeny, host population structure and both natural and anthropogenic disturbances. Only about 2% of aquatic invertebrate species and less than 20% of fishes have been surveyed for symbiotic copepods, which means there are many more symbiotic copepods waiting to be discovered and formally described.

The global shortage of technical expertise in copepod taxonomy is a threat to biodiversity studies and aquatic animal health industries. The 4th International Workshop on Symbiotic Copepoda (IWOSC) aims to combat these issues by offering training opportunities to copepodologists and parasitologists.

This workshop comprises an 8-day, fully residential event including research presentations, laboratory based workshops and the opportunity for participants to help collect workshop-related specimens in the White Sea. Moreover, in the spirit of the 2nd and 3rd IWOSC which included a 1-day Branchiura and parasitic Isopoda workshop, respectively, the 4th IWOSC will dedicate one day to the Tantulocarida.

The WSBS is located on the south coast of the Kandalaksha Bay in the White Sea (66° 34′ N, 33° 08′ E). The station is accessible only by sea from the nearest village Poyakonda (15km). It is an isolated place situated in the Kandalakshskiy natural reserve. Yet WSBS is a mordern educational and scientific center with various facilities including fully equipped genetic lab, various microscopes (CLSM and SEM) and aquavarium system with recirculating seawater as well as resently upgraded diving center and a fleet of small research vessels and motorboats.

Please check the WSBS website for detailed information about the station:

Details about the 4IWOSC and the registration form could be found at the website

For any questions, please contact Alexandra Petrunina

The flyer:

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