Training programme in Crustacean systematics with specialisation in Cyclopidae (Copepoda)

Description of project
Research projects: 1. Relationships between the cyclopid fauna of Europe, Siberia, and North America; 2. Cyclopidae in Southeast Asia. Beyond these topics, help can also be provided in systematic studies on any other group of Cyclopidae. Cyclopidae is the most speciose [ca. 1000 (sub)species], predominantly freshwater copepod family that invaded all continents and can be encountered in the most various water-bodies and semi-terrestrial habitats. Cyclopids are small (0.5-3.0 mm) crustaceans, most of them are omnivorous. Some groups are successfully applied in the biological control of the larvae of disease vector mosquitoes (control of dengue vector Aedes aegypti in Vietnam). Cyclopids can be intermediate hosts of several nematode and cestode parasites (e.g. guineaworm and fish tapeworm). Other groups (e.g. Cyclops) are used as model organisms in several fields of biology (molecular ecology and genome evolution in Copepoda).

Training during 2012 and 2013.

Duration of training
4 weeks

Training period
To be discussed with mentor

Target Audience
MSc students, PhD students as well as early career researchers

Practical experiences
Collecting, dissection, preparation of permanent slides, scientific illustrations, light - and scanning electron microscopy, species identification, phylogenetic analysis of morphological data

Morphology and systematics of Cyclopidae

Zoogeographic distribution patterns and diversity trends in Cyclopidae

Course language

Name of mentor / supervisor
Dr. Maria Hołyńska

Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences
Wilcza 64, 00-679 Warszawa, Poland

Course organiser
Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST)

Registration fee
€ 850 (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 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