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Meiobenthology
(2nd Ed.)


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).

About IAM

The International Association of Meiobenthologists (IAM) publishes a biannual newsletter, Psammonalia, and sponsors a triennial international conference. Psammonalia is published in January and June.

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.

About Meiobenthology

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.

Next Meeting

Professor Dr. Wonchoel Lee of Hanyang University will host the 15th International Meiofauna Conference in Seoul, Korea. The meeting will occur during July 2013. See the official conference website for further information.

Workshop - Taxonomy and Diversity of Marine Meiofauna in Brazil (25 October - 08 November 2012)




The term meiofauna refers to the benthic organisms retained at a 0.063mm mesh and passing through a 0.5mm mesh. This benthic component comprises at least 25 phyla of the animal kingdom and may reach densities above 106 individuals per square meter. Although extremely diverse and abundant, this group of microscopic organisms has been poorly explored, specially in terms of morphological adaptations and species distribution ranges. One main reason is the lack of expert taxonomists on the different meiofaunal groups. The objective of this workshop is to train young and senior researchers on the different methodologies currently used to study meiofaunal organisms. During the workshop the participants will take part of sampling campaigns in different marine habitats, follow the methodological practices and learn how to identify the different taxa. The final objective is to unravel the diversity of meiofaunal taxa present in the surroundings of the CEBIMar.