Training workshop on the identification of deep-water stony corals

Event date: 
2019-03-06 (All day) to 2019-03-08 (All day)

The use of morphological features in order to systematically classify organisms, has long been recognized. However, developing countries such as South Africa, still have a low number of active regional taxonomists, particularly for invertebrates such as deep-water corals. This paucity in foundational knowledge poses a potential hindrance to South Africa’s progress on effective management of deep-water coral ecosystems. In order to improve this knowledge gap, a three-day workshop will be hosted by SANBI, DEA: Oceans and Coasts and Iziko Museum through the ACEP: Deep Forest Project.   

Through attending the workshop, participants can expect to develop the following skills

  1. An understanding of the importance of taxonomy and terminology used in taxonomic descriptions of deep-water coral species.
  2. An understanding of the deep-water coral ecology and the management of such ecosystems.
  3. Practical training on the identification of deep-water stony corals.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please complete the workshop application form by following link below:

Kindly take note that:

  • The workshop will be held in Cape Town, venue TBC.
  • Space is limited to 20 participants. 
  • Transport and accommodation is at the cost of the participant. 
  • Lunch and tea will be served.

*Application deadline is the 20 December 2018. Late applications will not be considered. Please contact for any enquiries.