International Association of Meiobenthologists
Now available, the 2nd edition of "Meiobenthology" (Giere). The book is largely rewritten and much extended, approximately 550 pp (as compared to 328 in the 1st ed.), and more than 2000 references listed. Approximate cost is 99,95 € (about $150 US).
The first issue of Psammonalia was published 10 November 1966 and was 2 pages long. It was sent out by Bob Higgins, the founding chairperson and the editor from 1966-1968. The first International Conference on Meiofauna was held July 1-11, 1969 in Tunis, Tunisia. It was organized by Bob Higgins and Neil Hulings (both on staff at the Mediterranean Marine Sorting Center in Tunis at the time). At that time the organization was called the "Association of Meiobenthologists". The name was changed to "International Association of Meiobenthologists" in 1976.
Meiobenthology is the study of small, mostly microscopic, animals
that live on the bottom in aquatic habitats such as beaches, mud flats,
and the deep sea. The majority of recognized phyla have meiofaunal
representatives. Currently, 20 phyla considered to be meiofaunal
from the 34 recognized phyla of the Kingdom Animalia. Out of these
20 phyla, five are exclusively meiofaunal in size.
Professor Nikolaos Lampadariou will host the Sixteenth International
Meiofauna Conference in Crete, Greece. The meeting will occur during
July 2016. Details will be coming soon!