Giant Sea Bass, Stereolepis gigas, by David Wang

Larval Fish Workshop

Posted on Jan 28, 2016

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science Nunnally Ichthyology Collection in Gloucester Point, VA, is home to a large ichthyoplankton 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 June 6–17, 2016.

Workshop Goals

  • 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, collection managers, curators, and other museum and research professionals. The workshop is free; however, participants will be responsible for covering the cost of transportation, lodging, and meals.

Week One
The focus of the first week of the workshop will be on samples from the Southern Ocean and western tropical Atlantic (in and adjacent to the Amazon River plume and the Caribbean Sea).
Week Two
The second week will emphasize samples from the Sargasso Sea, Chesapeake Bay, and the Gulf of Maine.

Participants will sort and identify ichthyoplankton samples to the family level under the guidance of five expert larval fish taxonomists: Drs. Jeff Leis (University of Tasmania), William Watson (Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA), Nalani Schnell (Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle), G. David Johnson (Smithsonian Institution), and Peter Konstantinidis (VIMS).

The workshop is limited to 12 participants. 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. Applications are due on 1 April 2016 and a notification of acceptance will be made by 15 April 2016. If interested please contact Dr. Peter Konstantinidis (peterk [at] for an application.

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