Workshop title: Harmonisation of (sub)Arctic diatom taxonomy
Date: 6-8 June
Location: Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme (ECOENV), University of Helsinki, Finland
The workshop will be dedicated to integrating and agreeing upon a common taxonomy for all datasets. A key outcome of this workshop will be an outline of a taxonomic guide that includes descriptions of species morphology and ecology, images, and geographical distribution. This workshop will be hands-on: participants are encouraged to bring their own samples/slides and microscopes will be available.
This workshop is the 2nd in the series of 4 planned MARDI (Marine ARctic DIatoms) workshops, each of which builds on the previous workshop and plays a crucial part in achieving the overall MARDI goals.
This “on site” workshop will be followed by:
1) several online open-to-all taxonomic mini-workshops on taxonomically difficult key taxa that will be broadcast and archived online; and
2) gradual collection and archiving of diatom species information to online databases.
Workshop runs Tuesday 6 June 09:00 through Thursday 8 June noon.
Discussion topics and activities:
Status of pan-Arctic diatom database: presentation of different datasets and taxonomy issues
Problematic taxa and main challenges in Arctic marine diatom taxonomy
Sample preparation and counting methods
Multiple microscope sessions
Kaarina Weckström, University of Helsinki, Finland, organiser
ECR Tiia Luostarinen, University of Helsinki, Finland, organiser
ECR Mimmi Oksman, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Denmark, organiser
Beth Caissie, US Geological Survey, USA
Christof Pearce, Aarhus University, Denmark
Audrey Limoges, University of New Brunswick, Canada
Diana Krawczyk, Greenland Climate Research Center, Denmark
Arto Miettinen, University of Helsinki, Council of Finnish Academies, Finland
Jian Ren, Key Laboratory of Marine Ecosystem Dynamics of the Ministry of Natural Resources, China
ECR Adrian Kryk, University of Szczecin, Poland
ECR Joshua Evans, University of New Brunswick, Canada
Funding to cover accommodation, breakfasts & lunches, and (limited) travel expenses is available thanks to financial support from PAGES to the MARDI workshop. Early-career researchers will be prioritized if the demand for support exceeds the available funding.
We have reserved a block of rooms at EuroHostel Helsinki (https://eurohostel.eu/fi/) for participants from 5-8 June. The accommodation will be in double rooms (43,80 euros/night/person) with shared bathrooms, and breakfast is included. A limited number of single rooms (69,30 euros/night/person) is available upon request.