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
**2 places are available**
- 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
Prof. Dr. Bart Van de Vijver
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 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.