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
To be discussed with mentor
MSc students, PhD students and early career researchers. We encourage participants to bring their own samples.
- 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
Name of mentor / supervisor
Dr. Cene Fišer
University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty
Department of Biology, Subterranean Biology Laboratory
Večna pot 111, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia
Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST)
€ 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 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.