Description of project
Non-marine diatoms are one of the most abundant algal groups in the (sub-)Antarctic Region both in number of individuals as in number of species. Due to mis-identifications and force-fitting, the actual number of species is rather limited and still composed on only cosmopolitan species, resulting in a bad knowledge of the biogeography of this important group. The past few years, there has been a growing interest that resulted in the description and/or correct identification of a large number of new species, typical for the region. Biogeographical results using this refined taxonomy show a much more transparent separation of the different parts of the (sub-)Antarctic region.
Duration of training
To be discussed with mentor
MSc students, PhD students and young post-docs lacking the necessary training in diatoms
- Preparation techniques for both light- and scanning electron microscopy
- Identification of important non-marine diatom groups using LM and SEM techniques
- Morphology and biogeography of the genera Muelleria, Stauroneis and Luticola
- Biogeography of non-marine diatoms in the sub-Antarctic region
Name of mentor / supervisor
Dr. Bart Van de Vijver
Dr. Katerina Kopalová
Botanic Garden Meise, Department of Bryophyta & Thallophyta
Nieuwelaan 38, B-1860 Meise, Belgium
Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST)
€ 250 (Euros)
Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses.
Deadline for registration: 1 March 2015.
Click here for the registration form.
Payment details and deadline will be provided upon acceptance to the training.