This four-day workshop in Charleston, SC focused on practical
techniques and procedures used in amphipod taxonomy and
identification. Through a series of presentations, demonstrations,
and hands-on exercises, participants gained knowledge and
expertise on the biology, ecology, and behavior of this
diverse and abundant peracarid crustacean group. The instruction
methods of Dr. James D. Thomas emphasized a blend of traditional
taxonomic methodology and the tools of modern technology.
Upon completing the workshop, participants were able to
readily identify and diagnose amphipod crustaceans, as well
as prepare identification guides and keys. (click
here for agenda)
James D. Thomas, Nova Southeastern University
Richard Heard, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, University
of Southern Mississippi
Sara LeCroy, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory,
University of Southern Mississippi
The workshop was conducted at the Marine
Resources Research Institute, SCDNR, at Ft. Johnson,
near Charleston, SC.
To obtain further information
Contact Dr. Rachael King:
Photos from the workshop
Dr. James Thomas and Dr. Rachael King discuss amphipod morphology
Dr. Rachael King presenting amphipod morphology material
Sara LeCroy prepares a specimen for viewing on the video
Students using the workshop manual and other keys and guides
to identify specimens.
Students examining amphipod specimens.
Assistants Joe Cowan and Nadia Meyers select live amphipods
collected from the field trip to use in lab practical session.