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CMarZ-Asia Project Manager

2 August 2010

Hiroomi Miyamoto

Hiroomi Miyamoto finished his PhD in 2010 at the Graduate school of Aquatic Bioscience, University of Tokyo (Japan). His doctoral thesis was focused on the biodiversity of pelagic chaetognaths using molecular marker and morphological characters. He currently studies the phylogeography and population genetics of zooplankton.

Please join us in welcoming Hiroomi to the CMarZ leadership team!



Abyssal Wallpaper for your iPad

July 13, 2010

pearl-eyed fish

Solvin Zankl

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Erscheinungsdatum: 10.07.2010
Genre: Lifestyle
© 2010 Solvin Zankl

Take your iPad into the Abyssal with 15 photographs of bizarre critters out of the deep sea. The internationally-renowned photographer Solvin Zankl joined several deep sea expeditions, including the CMarZ Polarstern 2007 cruise, photographing some of the rarest and odd animals on earth. Have eye-to-eye contact with the deep-sea anglerfish, deep-sea viperfish, Atlantic longarm octopus, crab megalopa, deep-water decapod Sergestes larva, deep-sea smelt, 'chocolate drop' ostracods, deep-sea hatchetfish and Phronima, which served as an inspiration for the design of the Xenomorphs of the Alien film series, you've never seen before in such amazing detail as captured by Solvin.


Explorers Inventory Hard-to-See Sea Life:

19 April 2010

Tiny but Mighty Microbes, Plankton, Larvae, Burrowers -- Keys to Earth’s Food and Respiratory Systems

hard to see critters BBC News
In pictures: Ocean's tiniest life


The Daily Telegraph, UK
Millions of species new to science have been discovered in the most ambitious survey ever to look at tiny life forms at the bottom of the ocean.
The Guardian The Guardian
Ocean explorers involved in the most comprehensive study of life in the oceans ever conducted have catalogued for the first time tiny creatures including microbes, zooplankton, larvae and burrowers

The Census Under the Sea

March 22, 2010

Boston Globe marine life

The Boston Globe, article by Colin Nickerson, "The Census Under the Sea: Historic 10-year tally gives new insight into the planet’s astonishing array of marine life".

An overview of the Census of Marine Life program


CMarZ in Asahi Newspaper

January 27, 2010

Asahi news article-Japanese

“Marine Life: A Global Census- 22.1 million data in 10 years”

The article introduces the outline and accomplishments of CoML during the last ten years, starting with those of CMarZ (enclosed in red squares) focusing on its world-wide coverage of pelagic habitats, such as deep sea and Asian waters, and the discovery of > 100 undescribed species. The other topics include the database OBIS, the film Oceans, and CoML’s potential contribution to the COP-10 Climate meeting in October.

The Asahi Shimbun is widely regarded for its journalism as the most respected daily newspaper in Japan.


Zooplankton Calendars, 2010

Jan. 1, 2010

WHOI calendar The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 2010 calendar presents zooplankton, especially fragile, transparent gelatinous animals (“jellies”) that live in the open ocean. Beautiful photographs by WHOI biologists Larry Madin (CMarZ), Ron Gilmer, Carin Ashjian, Phil Alatalo, Amber York and Nancy Copley (CMarZ). Copies are available online through the WHOI shop.


Nature Images of the Year, 2009

January 1, 2010

sea cucumger

The Journal Nature has come out with its Best Images of 2009, including CMarZ Steering Group member Larry Madin's photo of a new deep sea species of sea cucumber from the Celebes Sea.  Congratulations to Larry!

See more images, information and educational materials about the Inner-Space Speciation Expedition to the Celebes Sea.

Photo by L. P. Madin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


CMarZ-Asia Project Manager

October 1, 2009

NonomuraThe Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo, has appointed Takumi Nonomura as Project Researcher and Asian Project Manager for the Census of Marine Zooplankton (CMarZ) from October 1, 2009. Takumi’s research will focus mainly on the life history of calanoid copepods and management of CMarZ-Asia Database.

Takumi studied Fisheries biology at the National Fisheries University, Japan, from 1999 to 2003 in the Fisheries Information and Management Course and obtained his M.S. in 2005 from the Graduate School of Fisheries Science of the same university. His M.S. thesis focused on the distributions and life histories of sand-burrowing mysids in the surf zone in an intermediate sandy beach in Kagoshima Prefecture, southern Japan. He then entered the Ocean Research Institute (ORI) as a student of the Graduate School of Aquatic Bioscience, University of Tokyo, and obtained his Ph.D. in 2008. His thesis focused on the life histories of the pelagic copepods of the genus Calanus in the temperate western North Pacific. Since 2008 he has been continuing his research on calanoid copepods as a research fellow of ORI.

Please join us in welcoming Takumi to the CMarZ leadership team!





Census of Marine Life maps an ocean of species

2 August 2009

Sunday Los Angeles Times, front page article by Bob Drogin.

Celebes polychaete

Photo: Larry Madin, WHOI


Gallery of New Species

April 10, 2009

Take a look at the gallery of new species of marine zooplankton discovered by CMarZ researchers.

Jubanyella plemmyris

Dactylopusioides malleus

Jubanyella plemmyris n. sp. Dactylopusioides malleus n. sp.


Marine Barcoding (MarBOL) Symposia

Spring 2009

As part of the MarBOL (DNA Barcoding of Marine Biodiversity) effort, three symposia were held during Spring 2009 to provide overviews on topics of general scientific interest and practical importance. Presentations by researchers from the region and a poster session explored various applications of barcodes, including species identification, phylogeography, environmental sequencing, metagenetics, and microarrays. Free and open to the public ... Read more


CMarZ in the Media

March 5, 2009

Bathylagus fish photo by Zankl

The March issue of the popular German magazine, GEO, contains an interesting article about the CMarZ cruise from Germany to South Africa in November 2007 aboard the icebreaker Polarstern.  Written in German by science writer Kirsten Milhahn. It includes beautiful pictures of some of the fascinating zooplankton found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.  More images by photographer Solvin Zankl can be viewed at his website, well worth the visit!

Also available for viewing is the on-line version of the article with additional zooplankton photographs.

Deep-dwelling Bathylagus antarcticus
credit: Solvin Zankl


Three deep-sea fish families now one

Jan 21, 2009


Tracey Sutton of the Virginia Institute of Marine science and CMarZ Steering Group member found a missing link: the only specimen known so far of a larva changing into the adult female whalefish, correcting a long-standing error in fish taxonomy. Previously, the females, males and larvae were all placed in different families. Tracey's discovery has clarified this piece of the taxonomic tree.

read more at ScienceNews...

video of live male whalefish swimming at in the ocean, "one of the rarest of the rare". Courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), Moss Landing, CA, USA (9 MB).

G. David Johnson, John R Paxton, Tracey T Sutton, Takashi P Satoh, Tetsuya Sado, Mutsumi Nishida, and Masaki Miya. Deep-sea mystery solved: astonishing larval transformations and extreme sexual dimorphism unite three fish families. Biology Letters, April 23, 2009 5:235-239; published online before print January 20, 2009, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2008.0722 (pdf)

Male (lower image, top) and female (lower image,
bottom) whalefish look so different that researchers
have only now recognized that the two belong in the
same family. The larval whalefish are even stranger
(upper image with inset of body in close-up).

Credit: Male image, Dave Johnson;
Female, Bruce Robison/MBARI; Larva: Don Hughes


Atlas of Atlantic Planktonic Ostracods

Nov 20, 2008

ostracod: Conchoecilla daphnoides Ostracod expert and CMarZ Steering Group member, Martin Angel, with coauthors Kasia Blachowiak-Samolyk and Vladimir Chavtur, have recently launched a new website with the assistance of the British Natural History Museum. The Atlas of Atlantic Planktonic Ostracods is an extensive and authoritative guide to this little known group of animals. You will find out just about everything there is to know about ostracods through descriptions, maps, illustrations and lovely photographs.

If you are interested in ostracods, don't miss the Atlas of Southern Ocean Planktonic Ostracods by Angel and Blachowiak-Samolyk. It includes a description of the ostracod group, a list of all known species with the depth zone they inhabit, an interactive list of Southern Ocean species that includs maps, drawings and desriptions, a comprehensive bibliography and helpful ostracod links.

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New CMarZ - USA Project Manager

August 1 2008

Leo Blanco Bercial

The University of Connecticut's Department of Marine Sciences has appointed Leocadio Blanco Bercial as Research Scholar and American Project Manager for the Census of Marine Zooplankton (CMarZ). Leo’s research will focus mainly on the taxonomy and phylogeography of calanoid copepods.

Leo studied Biology at the University of Oviedo, Spain, from 1996 to 2000 in the Biology of Organisms and Systems branch, and obtained his M.S. in 2002. His thesis focused on the zooplankton community response to hydrological changes on the NW Iberian Peninsula. At present, his Ph.D. thesis is focused on the Plankton Ecology and Populations Dynamics on the Cantabrian Sea in the Southern Bay of Biscay, and the use of molecular tools to study juvenile stages of Clausocalanus species.

Please join us in welcoming Leo to the CMarZ leadership team!



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