Taxonomy and Systematics of Cenozoic and Recent marine Bryozoa

Description of project
Bryozoa are a common element in fossil and Recent marine benthic habitats from intertidal to abyssal depths. While some 5000 modern and many more fossil species have been described to date, thorough morphological studies during recent decades suggest this is only a fraction of their true diversity. Owing to their small size and varying degrees of morphological variability, however, bryozoans are notoriously difficult to identify. Yet, especially in the light of biodiversity assessments, conservation issues, invasive species, and use of bryozoan secondary metabolites for pharmaceutical purposes there is a growing need for species-level identification.

      Pentapora fascialis (© Javier Souto)    Cupuladria cavernosa (© Björn Berning)    Myriapora truncata (© Javier Souto)                                                                                                       

Duration of training
2 weeks

Training period
To be discussed with mentor

Target Audience
MSc and PhD students, professionals

Number of participants
Maximum 5 trainees.

Practical experiences
Preparation of fossil and Recent Bryozoa, identification of taxa using light and scanning electron microscopy, collection management

Diversity, ecology and biogeography of Mesozoic to Recent Bryozoa

Course language

Training venue
Biology Centre, Linz, Austria

Name of mentor / supervisor
Dr. Björn Berning

Upper Austrian State Museum
Biology Centre, Geoscience Collection
Welser Str. 20, 4060 Leonding, Austria

Course organiser
Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST)

Registration fee
€ 150 (Euros)
Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses.

Accommodation: There are two free guestrooms available at the Biology Centre for the duration of the training (first come, first served).

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