New insights into biodiversity, biogeography, ecology, and evolution of
marine zooplankton based on molecular approaches


Ann Bucklin, University of Connecticut (USA)
Katja Peijnenburg, Naturalis Biodiversity Center and University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Leocadio Blanco-Bercial, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (Bermuda)
Silke Laakmann, Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity at the University of Oldenburg and

                                Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (Germany)


Sponsor: Scientific Committee for Ocean Research (SCOR); MetaZooGene Working Group (SCOR WG157)

Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland       September 23, 2022
Meeting plans are for hybrid format: in-person and online

Note that attendance at the ICES ASC is not necessary to participate in the MetaZooGene Symposium.


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Pre-registration is required for attendance (either in-person or virtual) at the MetaZooGene Symposium.  This is to ensure admission (due to limited space & necessary planning).
Participants must register no later than Friday, September 16, 2022.   


If you have already registered or submitted an abstract, you do not need to pre-register.  (We will already have your information.)

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Marine zooplankton are key players in pelagic food webs, central links in ecosystem function, useful indicators of water masses, and rapid responders to environmental variation and climate change. This symposium seeks to explore advances in molecular approaches to analysis of biodiversity, biogeography, ecology, and evolution of marine zooplankton, with particular focus on integration with other analytical and observational approaches, including morphological microscopic taxonomic identification, optical and acoustic imagery, trophic biomarker analysis, and more. Discussion will provide new insights into the promise and prospects of molecular analysis and recent methodological advancements for accurate identification of species, quantitative (abundance and biomass) measurement, analysis of trophic relationships and food web structure, and more. This symposium will provide a platform for participants to network and discuss interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to future zooplankton research.

Early Career Scientists* (ECS) are especially welcome
and encouraged to attend !

ECS includes students, PhD candidates, and practicing scientists who received their highest degree within the past 7 years.



This symposium is associated with International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)

2022 Annual Science Conference (19-22 September 2022), Dublin, Ireland


For additional information:

Scientific Committee for Ocean Research:
MetaZooGene SCOR WG157: and

Please contact Ann Bucklin (Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with questions and suggestions.