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Larval Fish Workshop Oct. 2015 (deadline extended)

Posted on Aug 3, 2015

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science Nunnally Ichthyology Collection in Gloucester Point, VA, is home to a large ichthyoplantkton collection. This collection contains samples from the tropical and northern Pacific Ocean, the Southern Ocean, the Amazon Plume, Sargasso Sea, the Caribbean, the Mid- and South Atlantic Bights, and the Chesapeake Bay. As part of our current NSF CSBR grant, we are hosting a larval fish workshop from October 5-16, 2015.

The application deadline has been extended to August 7, 2015. Notification of acceptance will be made by August 15, 2015.

Goals of the workshop include:

  • How to sort and identify larval fishes;
  • Preparation, storage, and curation of larval fish collections;
  • Imaging techniques for larval fishes.

The workshop is open to students, collections managers, curators, and other museum and research professionals.

The focus of the first week of the workshop will be on mesopelagic samples collected in subtropical Hawaiian waters and the subarctic North Pacific. The second week will focus on samples from the western tropical Atlantic in and adjacent to the Amazon River plume.

Participants will sort and identify ichthyoplankton samples to the family level under the guidance of four expert taxonomists: Drs. Jeff Leis (University of Tasmania), Ann Matarese (Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA), Nalani Schnell (Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle), and G. David Johnson (Smithsonian Institution).

If interested please contact Dr. Peter Konstantinidis (peterk [at] for an application form or you can download one from the VIMS Nunnally Ichthyology Collection website: Applicants can attend both weeks of the workshop or either the first or second week. However, preference will be given to individuals that are able to attend both weeks.

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