Short course on the theory and practice of Tropical E Atlantic sponge (Porifera) identification.
This course aims to train participants in marine sponge identification, presenting the basics of sponge morphology, phylogeny, biology and ecology, with plenty of examples selected among Tropical Western Atlantic taxa.
9:00:00 AM to 5:00:00 PM
Prof. Eduardo C M Hajdu Museu Nacional – Brazil
Gisele Lôbo Hajdu
Max Capacity: 20 Min 4
This course aims to train participants in marine sponge identification, introducing them to the theory behind the current and past classifications, as well as on the forefront of research into a more stable system. Participants will learn about sponge morphology and phylogeny, and will be briefly acquainted with their biology and ecology. The current classification will be presented in detail, with plenty of examples selected among Tropical Western Atlantic taxa. Hand's on activities will include the preparation of dissociated spicules slides as well as thick anatomical sections, the elaboration of short descriptions and schematic illustrations of architectural patterns, essential for communication with specialists if samples cannot be sent overseas for any reason. If feasible, a field trip to a nearby area may be organized for the acquisition of fresh samples, and training on their preservation for subsequent taxonomic study.
Student lab with microscopes (1 for each 2-3 students) + space for projecting and white board for writing