Dr. Calum MacNeil is an independent consultant in aquatic ecology and the Deputy Editor-In-Chief (inland waters) of the journal ‘Management of Biological Invasions’, as well as associate editor on several other journals and an international referee for the research bodies of several different governments. He gained a BSc in biology from the University of Stirling, Scotland and a PhD on the ecosystem impacts of freshwater invasive amphipod ‘shrimps’ from The Queen’s University of Belfast, N. Ireland. He has over 20 years experience as a freshwater ecologist and published 70+ peer reviewed papers and 25+ government/consultant reports. He has worked on glacial salmon stream ecology in Alaska, on the water quality of New Zealand lakes (NIWA), macroinvertebrate community structure and trophic ecology in Scottish highland streams, the impacts of ‘killer shrimp’ amphipods in the Netherlands (as the winner of a LINKECOL award), the impacts of sewage on lake ecology of the largest expanse of freshwater in Western Europe – Lough Neagh, N. Ireland (INTERREG award) and the role of invasive macroinvertebrates and parasites on community ecology including fish diets and water quality monitoring in Irish and English rivers. He has also worked as a freshwater ecologist for the Environment Agency in the UK and recently as the Freshwater Biologist and Environmental Protection Officer for the Isle of Man Government, where he was in charge of river biological and chemical monitoring, sea bathing water quality monitoring, pollution investigations, government press releases (to BBC and others) and policy development (including post-BREXIT).
Calum will give a lecture “Freshwater macroinvertebrates as bioindicators of water quality; problems and perspectives, including the increasingly relevant issue of biocontamination by invasive species”
Calum MacNeil on ResearchGate
Filipe Costa is a marine ecologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Minho, Portugal, since 2008, where he leads the research group on Molecular Ecology and Biodiversity of the Centre for Molecular and Environmental Biology (CBMA). Earlier he was a Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Guelph, Canada, and between 2006-2007 a Marie Curie Fellow at Bangor University, UK. Filipe’s main research interests dwell around the themes of molecular biodiversity and evolution, with a strong focus on the application of DNA barcodes to investigate marine life. He was the lead author of the proof-of-concept study on the application of DNA barcodes to crustaceans, and has worked extensively in the development of reference libraries of DNA barcodes for marine invertebrates from Europe, contributing to expose considerable hidden and cryptic diversity in diverse taxonomic groups, and to reveal unforeseen evolutionary paths. Recent research interests and activities concentrate on the development high-throughput monitoring tools through (e)DNA metabarcoding, with particular focus on estuarine and marine ecosystems, macro and meiobenthos, and zooplanktonic communitties. Filipe Costa serves as Portugal delegate in the International Barcode of Life (iBOL), and in the management committee of the European Cost Action DNAqua-Net.
Filipe will give a presentation on the “Aquatic macroinvertebrates diversity and evolution: some novel perspectives after 15 years of DNA barcoding”.
Filipe Costa on google scholar
Jarosław Kobak is an associate professor in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland, where he has worked since receiving his PhD in aquatic ecology in 2001. His early scientific interests concerned the behaviour and ecology of the zebra mussel, an invasive bivalve of worldwide importance, which was the topic of his habilitation thesis completed in 2010. His current research focuses on the behavioural ecology of aquatic invertebrates and biology of aquatic invasive species, especially those of Ponto-Caspian origin: dreissenid mussels, amphipod crustaceans and goby fishes. He conducts experimental studies on relationships between these organisms, their predator-prey interactions, habitat preferences, responses to biotic and abiotic environmental factors, behaviour and impact on native communities. He has been a leader or investigator in 13 research projects funded by national granting agencies in Poland and published over 60 scientific papers in international journals, mainly in the aforementioned areas, as well as two chapters in books on zebra mussel biology. Also, he has been a member of the executive board of the Association of Polish Malacologists since 2016.
Jarosław will present a lecture entitled “The art of choice: Experimental evaluation of microhabitat selection by aquatic macroinvertebrates. A case of Ponto-Caspian gammarids“
Jarosław Kobak at google scholar
So far we have 145 participants from 23 countries and the number still grows. So, come and join us – we still have place to include YOU in this happy crowd!
Rachel Stubbington is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Sciences in the School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in the United Kingdom. She obtained a BSc (H) in Environmental Biology from NTU in 2006 before moving to Loughborough University, UK, to study for a PhD in river ecology under the supervision of Prof Paul J. Wood, graduating in 2011. Her research explores the ecohydrological dynamics temporary river ecosystems in temperate climates and focuses on macroinvertebrate community responses to flow variability including streambed drying. She leads the Community Ecology and Biomonitoring Working Group within the EU COST Action Science and Management of Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams and recently led a UK Research Council-funded project to produce a Natural Capital Synthesis Report characterizing the natural assets and ecosystem services of temporary rivers. Beyond academia, Rachel previously worked for the Environment Agency of England as a freshwater ecologist. She remains committed to ensuring the applied relevance of her research and is working closely with industry collaborators to develop novel biomonitoring approaches that use terrestrial biota to characterize the ecological quality of temporary rivers during dry phases. She has published 25 journal articles and 2 book chapters since 2008, including lead authorship of the Aquatic Invertebrates chapter in the 2017 book Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams: Ecology and Management.
Rachel will give a lecture entitled “Diversity in the face of adversity: the macroinvertebrate communities of dynamic, aquatic-terrestrial ‘temporary’ streams”
Rachel Stubbington at google scholar
We encourage young researchers to apply for EU COST Inclusiveness Target Country (ITC) conference grants through the COST Action CA15219 DNAqua-Net that may cover the costs of travel and attendance in the 3rd CESAMIR 2018. Please apply if you are fulfilling the requirements below:
a) active contribution to CESAMIR (oral or poster presentation) with clear focus to the topic and goals of DNAqua-Net.
b) participant has to be PhD student or Early Career Researchers (i.e. max. 8 years after PhD, certified either by scan of the student ID or letter from a supervisor/head of the unit)
c) participant has to come from Inclusiveness Target Country (ITC) [EU COST list – see below].
d) applications should first happen to the CESAMIR committee (firstname.lastname@example.org, subject: ITC conference grant) cross-checking if all the criteria are met. Than, the applicant can proceed in officially applying in the eCOST portal [please see the guidelines in the pdf].
e) the eCOST application can be earliest submitted by the first week of May 2018 via the eCOST portal, but no later than the 23rd of May 2018.
The ITC countries are: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Serbia and Turkey.
We cordially invite you to the 3rd Central European Symposium for Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Research (CESAMIR), which will be held in Łódź, Poland, on 8-13 July 2018. The symposium is organized by the Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Hydrobiology, University of Lodz.
CESAMIR aims to integrate recent achievements of all branches of aquatic macroinvertebrate science, from basic to applied research, including but not limited to taxonomy, biodiversity and faunistics, community and functional ecology, population biology, human impact, water pollution and ecotoxicology, water quality monitoring and metrics, from microhabitat modification to global changes, with a focus on the latest developments and trends, as well as future outlook.
Although, the symposium mainly focuses on Central European research and problems, participants are welcome from all over Europe. The organizing committee is gearing up for an exciting and informative conference program including plenary lectures, oral and poster presentations and various social events for 150+ participants.
We invite you to join us at the 3rd CESAMIR, where you will be sure to have a meaningful experience and fruitful conversations with scholars and aquatic macroinvertebrate experts from all around Central Europe. All members of the CESAMIR organizing committee look forward to meeting you in Łódź, Poland.
On behalf of the organizing committee:
Michał Grabowski, Ph.D.
Chair of the scientific committee
Karolina Bącela-Spychalska, Ph.D.
Chair of the organizing committee