ForBio and MEDUSA course: Evolution and Diversity of Meiobenthos
The University Museum of Bergen (University of Bergen, Norway), Moscow State University (Russia), and ForBio (Research School in Biosystematics) jointly offer an International Course on Evolution and Diversity of Meiobenthos.
The course is co-financed by ForBio and the Cooperation Programme between Norway and Russia “Multidisciplinary EDUcation and reSearch in mArine biology in Norway and Russia” (MEDUSA) – funded by DIKU, the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education.
Meiofauna (organisms with size between 32 μm and 500 μm) plays fundamental role in marine ecosystems both in the coastal areas and in the deep sea being one of the most abundant and diverse components of marine benthic communities. The course aims to train students in methods used in sampling and identification of major groups of marine meiobenthos: nematodes, harpacticoid copepods, tardigrades, kinorynchs, gnathostomulids, priapulids, gastrotrichs, acoels, annelids, cnidarians, and molluscs. Theoretical part of the course will include daily lectures on diversity of marine meiofauna, evolutionary processes such as progenesis and miniaturization taking place in the interstitial environment and ecological (species interactions) and biogeographical (meofaunal paradox) aspects in meiobenthic studies.
Assignment and credits
The course is equivalent to 2 ECTS. Details of the course assignment will be presented later. ForBio will provide certificates to those successfully completed the course assignment.
The course will be taught online in zoom.
Teachers (to be confirmed for 2021)
Alexander Tzetlin, White Sea Biological Station, Moscow State University
Vadim Mokievsky, Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences
Alexei Tchesunov, Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Moscow State University
Torsten Struck, Natural History Museum, University of Oslo
Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa, Center of Natural History, University of Hamburg
Martin Vinther Sørensen, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen
Rony Huys, Natural History Museum, London
Lesya Garlitska, Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences
Daria Portnova, Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences
Alexandra Petrunina, Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Moscow State University
Anna Zhadan, White Sea Biological Station, Moscow State University
Katharina Jörger, SNSB-Bavarian State Collection for Zoology
Sofia Pyataeva, Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Moscow State University
Glafira Kolbasova, White Sea Biological Station, Moscow State University
Nataliya Budaeva, University Museum of Bergen, University of Bergen
There is no course fee required from ForBio members or associates. Find out about how to become a ForBio member/associate here.
Application form will be reopened in May 2021