The staff of the Southeastern Regional Taxonomic Center
(SERTC), SCDNR conducted an echinoderm taxonomy workshop,
May 2-4, 2005. This workshop served to train advanced students,
educators, and scientists in the systematics and identification
of the Echinodermata of the southeastern United States.
Emphasis was placed on diagnostic morphological characteristics
and the use of keys. Over three days, participants gained
practical knowledge in the identification of the echinoderms
and a grasp of their diversity, systematics, ecology and
Dr. David Pawson, National Museum of Natural
History, Smithsonian Institution
Dr. Stephen Stancyk, University of South
The workshop was conducted at the Marine
Resources Research Institute, SCDNR, at Ft. Johnson,
near Charleston, SC.
To obtain further information
Contact Susan Thornton-DeVictor: DevictorS@dnr.sc.gov
Photos from the workshop (courtesy
Dr. Stephen Stancyk)
Instructor Dr. David Pawson (Smithsonian) entertains participants
Justin McCallister (UNC Chapel Hill) and Dr. Martha Nizinski
Instuctor Dr. Stephen Stancyk (USC Columbia) investigates
Assistants Doris Vance and Joyce McCullough (Smithsonian)
work with participants (sitting, left to right) Rene Lewis
(UNC Wilmington), Adele Cunningham (UA Birmingham), Stacie
Crowe (SCDNR) and cara Fiore (College of Charleston).
Participants Marcy Mitchell and Dr. Alan Power (University
of Georgia) identify echinoderms from the Smithsonian teaching
Participants during one of the workshop's practical exercises.
Participants (left to right, sitting) Dr. Fred Hotchkiss
(Marine and Paleobiological Institute) and Pearse Webster
(SCDNR) identify sea urchins.