Workshop Barcelona 2016

Our second workshop took place at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Barcelona, Spain from November 28 to December 2 2016. This effort brought together taxonomists with expertise in individual lineages that span the eukaryotic tree of life to curate reference 18S rDNA sequences of these lineages by incorporating knowledge of phylogenetic, morphological, and/or environmental contextual data. This second edition was particularly (but not exclusively) focused on Amoebozoa and Rhizaria. During the workshop, the working group integrated the curation efforts on individual eukaryotic groups into a biological data warehouse consisting of curated sequences, flexible taxonomy, and phylogenetic trees and their underlying sequence alignments. We will further use this 18S rDNA reference database to investigate the environmental distribution of eukaryotic microbes from large-scale HTES datasets. Each curator was encouraged to use their curated data to address research questions of interest. We discussed how to tackle such projects and encourage participants to publish their results. The workshop was made possible thanks to the generous contribution of the Moore Foundation.


Participants Affiliation
Clément Duckert Université de Neuchâtel
Kenneth Dumack University of Cologne
Anna Maria Fiore-Donno University of Cologne
Thais Garcia da Silva Universidade Federal de São Carlos
Aaron Heiss American Museum of Natural History
Konstantina Mitsi Institut de Biologia Evolutiva CSIC-UPF
Raphael Morard University of Bremen
Albert Reñé Institut de Ciències del Mar - CSIC
Lucia Safi Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Alicia Sánchez-Arroyo Institut de Biologia Evolutiva CSIC-UPF
Magali Schweizer Université d’Angers
Samuel Starko University of British Columbia
Alexander Tice Mississippi State University
Tomas Tyml University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice
Ivan Voltski Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Lu Wang Xiamen University

Scientifics Advisors

Adviser Affiliation
David Bass Cefas and Natural History Museum
Cedric Berney Station Biologique Roscoff - CNRS
Matt Brown Mississippi State University
Javier del Campo University of British Columbia
Alexey Kozlov Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies
Ramon Massana Institut de Ciències del Mar - CSIC
Laura Parfrey University of British Columbia

Technical Advisors

Adviser Affiliation
Martin Kolisko University of British Columbia
Evan Morien University of British Columbia


Javier del Campo
Institute of Evolutionary Biology UPF-CSIC

Focusing on coral microbial ecology.