Systematics of freshwater subterranean Malacostraca: Morphology, molecular systematics, and web-taxonomy

Description of project
Subterranean Malacostraca are an ecologically important segment of freshwater fauna, providing over 1/3 of the total diversity of some groups. These animals have the potential to reveal evolutionary and ecological issues of a broad interest, as well as to take over a central role in groundwater conservation strategy. This potential remains nowadays unexplored due to confusing taxonomy with many cryptic species. The training project emphasizes main morphological and molecular techniques used in the systematics of selected groups (Amphipoda: Niphargidae, Isopoda: Asellidae) including phylogenetic analyses, species delimitation criteria and identification tools.

Duration of training
4 weeks

Training period
To be discussed with mentor

Target Audience
MSc students, PhD students and early career researchers. We encourage participants to bring their own samples.

Practical experiences
- Techniques used for study of morphology (Amphipoda, Isopoda)
- Use of online morpho-database (Amphipoda)
- Molecular laboratory techniques (Amphipoda, Isopoda, Decapoda)
- Analytic methods used for morphological and molecular data

Species concepts, Criteria for species delimitation

Course language

Name of mentor / supervisor
Dr. Cene Fišer

University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty
Department of Biology, Subterranean Biology Laboratory
Večna pot 111, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia

Course organiser
Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST)

Registration fee
€ 850 (Euros)
Participants are responsible for their own travel and subsistence expenses.
The Department of Biology provides the possibility to rent some apartments.

Deadline for registration: 1 March 2017.
Click here for the registration form. Registration closed.

Payment details and deadline will be provided upon acceptance to the training.

ForBio Funding

ForBio travel grants are available. These grants enable ForBio members to visit another research institute and to be trained by taxonomic experts.
For more information and application procedure click here.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith