CMarZ News Archives

Inner-space Speciation Project : Exploring the Inner Space of the Celebes Sea. Oct. 2007: "The Southeast Asian nations of Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia occupy one of the richest biological environments on Earth. Sometimes called the “coral triangle” this region of islands and ocean basins is considered a ‘hotspot’ of biodiversity both on land and in shallow marine environments. Until now, most of our knowledge of marine biodiversity here is from shallow water environments – the deep sea is almost entirely unexplored. The goal of 2007:Exploring the Inner Space of the Celebes Sea is to learn more about this center of shallow water biodiversity by studying the fauna in the midwater realm and making extensive vertical surveys of the water column. Our mission will explore one of the most intriguing parts of the deep sea – the deep basin of the Celebes Sea south of the island of Mindanao in the Philippines."
Polarstern cruise in Eastern Atlantic finds new species in the deep Nov. 2007: Twenty-seven researchers, students and others from around the world joined together to collect and study zooplankton on the RVIB/Polarstern ANT-XXIV/1. The ice breaker was transiting from Bremerhaven, Germany to Cape Town, South Africa on route to the Antarctic. Net collections were conducted from the surface to over 5000m depth to find rare and unknown species. Taxonomic experts and geneticists worked together to identify and barcode the DNA from hundreds of species of zooplankton. View images of some of the zooplankton animals they found.
Machida wins Osaka prize June 2007: Ryuji Machida, CMarZ-Asia Project Manager and Post-doc, was recently awarded the Okada prize for 2007 from the Oceanographic Society of Japan (OSJ) with his accomplishments on a series of research on "molecular genetics and evolution of marine zooplankton". Commemorating the late Professor Takematsu Okada, the Okada Prize is awarded to a young member of the Society who has made outstanding contributions to the progress of oceanography. Up to two prizes are awarded annually.
Zooplanktonologists lose a friend May 2007: Francesc Pagès, our much loved and highly respected Steering Group member and expert in gelatinous zooplankton passed away on 5 May 2007. The CMarZ members put together a memorial for him.
Bucklin interview (pdf) Mar. 2007: CMarZ project leader Dr. Ann Bucklin was interviewed for the Bulletin of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. She discussed the project, the integral role of genetic tools to understanding organisms and populations, and more.
Science News - Census article (pdf) Feb. 2007: 2,000 ocean scientists do the biggest, wettest census ever."
The undescribed species in our back yard Dec. 2006
Exploring the Deep Sargasso Sea April 2006
Genetic Analysis on the High Seas (pdf)
Amhet Kideys: Who's Who in the Census
Take a look at the Barcode Blog by Mark Stoeckle at the Rockefeller Univ.
Rosamma Stephen visits AWI, WHOI
CMarZ pre-cruise information, April 2006
CMarZ/Asia Program Manager: Ryuji Machida, Feb. 2006
CMarZ/Europe Program Manager: Astrid Cornils, Feb. 2006
CMarZ/USA Program Manager: Rob Jennings, Feb. 2006
Communications Coodinator: Nancy Copley, Feb. 2006
CMarZ and MAR-ECO Cooperation, March 2005
GBIF meeting, March 2005
CMarZ/USA Antarctic Exhibition, ISPOL, Jan. 2005
IGBP Newsletter on CMarZ (pdf), Dec. 2004