Senckenberg Research


Special sessions and Symposia during ICC-8

If you are interested joining, please contact one of the organisers 


Invasive Crustacea
Organiser:Dr. Paul Clark (, Natural History Museum, London..
In September 2013, the European Commission published its proposal for an EU Regulation to tackle the problem of invasive species (COM (2013) 620 final). Invasive species are responsible for damage to biodiversity, ecosystem services and economies with an estimated cost for damages in the EU at more than 12 billion € annually. The Convention on Biological Diversity, Aichi Biodiversity, Target 9 calls for by 2020 – invasive species and pathways to be identified and prioritized, priority species to be controlled or eradicated and measures to be in place to manage pathways to prevent their introduction and establishment.
The meeting will be in honour of Francesca Gherardi.

Molecular species identification and classification in crustaceans
Organiser: Dr. Michael Raupach (, Senckenberg Research Institute, DZMB, Wilhelmshaven, Germany.
This session includes all aspects of molecular methods for species identification and/or classification of crustaceans. Here, DNA barcoding and DNA taxonomy have become quite popular and important tools. However, other metabolomic and proteomic methods can be also useful in crustacean taxonomy and species identification as part of biodiversity assessment studies.

An integrative approach to ecology of marine crustaceans
Organisers: Dr.  Luis Giménez (, Dr. Gabriela Torres (, School of Ocean Sciences Bangor University
The premise of this symposium is that we can gain much understanding on the ecology of marine crustaceans if we integrate biological and ecological processes occurring along the different phases of their life cycle. The objective of the symposium is to bring together people working in fields such as  crustacean developmental biology, larval ecology or population dynamics interested in maternal effects, latent or carry-over effects, trans-generational acclimation, the role of larval pre-and post-settlement processes and larval connectivity in determining recruitment and population dynamics. We welcome contributions tackling fundamental questions or addressing those related with e.g. pollution, crustacean fisheries and climate change research.


Marine Chelicerata
Organisers: Dr. Claudia Arango ( Queensland Museum, Brisbane and Prof. Dr. Peter Funch ( Aarhus University.
Despite the distant phylogenetic affinities between crustaceans and xiphosurans or pycnogonids, the ICC-8 offers an ideal opportunity to hold a special symposium on these marine arthropods.  The symposium has a very open focus, experts and students from around the world are invited to submit their work on the biology, evolution and ecology of xiphosurans or pycnogonids. The symposium will be an excellent venue to meeting peers and colleagues working on the same group, but also to open avenues for discussions and broader collaboration networks with other marine arthropod specialists.

Biogeographic limits in the Crustacea: ecophysiological contributions to evolutionary traits
Organisers: Dr. Sven Thatje (, University of Southampton and Dr. Markus Frederich (, University of New England.
This Symposium explores ecophysiological contributions to biogeographic limits in the Crustacea. We invite contributions from any ecosystem inhabited by crustaceans, ranging from firm land to the deep sea, tropical to polar regions, hyper saline to freshwater environments. The Symposium will provide an overview of physiological mechanisms constraining distribution ranges of species and, at the same time, may present ecological adaptations that have enabled species to push distributional boundaries. Particularly welcome are papers that attempt the explanation of macroecological patters and/or contribute to explaining phylogenetic origins of ecophysiological traits. Ultimately, this knowledge is essential to understand evolutionary bottlenecks in crustacean phylogenies.

Conservation and biology of freshwater Decapoda
Organiser: Dr. Tadashi Kawai (, Wakkanai Fisheries Research Institute
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) issues the IUCN global Red List for endangered species Specialist groups within the IUCN focussing on decapod crustaceans have recently found that large numbers of species are threatened with extinction and many are in urgent need of conservation efforts, especially those found in freshwater habitats. This really needs to be disseminated to a broader audience. Our symposium will bring together contributions on the conservation biology of decapods from all major groups (crabs, lobsters, and shrimp) as well as related information on distribution, phylogeny, taxonomy, alien species, and evolution.
Colonisation of terrestrial and freshwater habitats by decapod Crustacea
Organisers: Dr. Christoph D. Schubart (, Regensburg University and Dr. Richard Hartnoll (, Isle of Man.
Shrimps, lobsters, hermit crabs, and short-tailed crabs are well known and species rich taxa that are mostly associated with the marine realm. Especially in temperate regions, there is little awareness that all of these taxa have evolved lineages which successfully colonized terrestrial and freshwater habitats. But decapods thriving on land or in fresh water can be found in all major continents (except Antarctica) and are of great ecological importance and diversity, with literally more than thousand described species. The evolution to a terrestrial or limnic life style evolved several times independently from each other. Each time, the same physiological and often ontogenetic burdens had to be overcome in order to survive and reproduce outside of the marine environment. This symposium is intended to bring together contributions dealing with the phylogeny and evolution of ecological, physiological and behavioural adaptations to life in partial or full independence of the sea in decapod Crustacea.

Branchiopoda: Evolution, classification, and global diversity of ‘large’ branchiopods and water fleas
Organisers: Prof. Dr. Stefan Richter (, Rostock University and Dr. Jørgen Olesen (, Zoologisk Museum, København.
Despite a limited number of species, Branchiopoda exhibit a fascinating variation both in morphology, lifestyle, and choice of habitat. The aim of this symposium is to bring together people working on a variety of evolutionary aspects of ‘large’ branchiopods and water fleas. In particular the organisers encourage contributions on systematics and classification (morphological and molecular), zoogeography, and comparative morphology. Contributions on fossil taxa are also highly welcome. Research in branchiopod evolution has received much attention in recent years and we hope this symposium can support this trend.

Barnacle (Cirripedia) ecology and phylogeny
Organisers: Dr Benny K.K. Chan (, Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taipei and  Dr. Jens T. Hœg (, Marine biology section, University of Copenhagen.
Barnacles are one of the important organisms that Darwin used for his evolution and phylogeny studies because barnacles have great morphological diversity. In the present days, barnacles are commonly used as model species in marine ecology, sexual biology, biofouling and phylogenetic studies. The present symposium will gather the most updated research in the field of barnacle ecology, evolution and phylogeny.