Call for original tunicate media – digitalmarine e-learning project

From Haley Flom / Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls-sur-Mer Sorbonne Université

Hello tunicate community,

I am emailing to follow up on a call for media made at the last International Tunicate Meeting in Villefranche-sur-Mer. My name is Haley Flom and I am collaborating with Sébastien Darras, Stefano Tiozzo, and Jean-Philippe Chambon on a tunicate module for a marine bio e-learning project called DigitalMarine (site currently under construction). As we are in the process of creating the learning material, we are looking for original, high quality media that could be used in the lessons. We are more specifically looking for:

  • videos of tunicates in the wild (ideally of each of the three classes)
  • photos of ascidians, salps, doliolids, pyrosomes, larvaceans
  • any original diagrams and animations
  • confocal time lapses
  • movies or images of embryos

As this is for an online course, the media will not be used for any commercial purposes, but since the learning material will be online and publically available, we must have authorization to use the media.  Of course, any media used for the project will have credit given!

If you have any original images/media or diagrams/animations to which you have author’s rights, and would like to share them with us for this project, please contact any of the three coordinators at:,,

Many thanks and have a great weekend!


International survey on of marine bioinvasions

📣 From Bella Galil ( et al.:
We seek to document the key drivers and issues that may impact, over the next three decades, the magnitude, study, and management of marine bioinvasions through the collective voices of scientists, managers, conservationists, and other stakeholders around the world.

Your answers to the questions in this survey will provide the key status, trend, and geospatial data to
identify the priority issues of invasions in the sea in order to produce local, regional, national and
global intensity maps of the pressures and risks we face.
The need for a fully international perspective − and for your participation in achieving this goal − on
marine bioinvasions could not be more pressing. Climate change is altering and shifting spatial and
habitat availability for marine species globally, coastal infrastructure (artificial habitat) amenable to alien species colonization is rapidly increasing world-wide, global transport of marine life continues
unabated through a growing diversity of vectors, and one of the world’s greatest interoceanic
corridors, the Arctic Ocean, is opening.

▶️The survey : . 
▶️The deadline : March 29, 2019.

New call for PhD grants is open at the University of Padova (Italy)

Application deadline: June 26th, 2018
Detailed information and application forms here
Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Cell Biology and Physiology
Evolution, Ecology and Conservation
Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics.

If you are interested in a PhD on ascidians (Lucia Manni’s lab), please contact Lucia Manni : lucia.manni@UNIPD.IT.

Contribution needed for the next issue of Ascidian News (#81)

Please send to Gretchen Lambert (gretchen.lambert00@GMAIL.COM) a paragraph for News and Views, Work In Progress, pdfs of New Publications, abstracts of papers presented at recent meetings (include the full abstract, name of the meeting, its location and date), thesis abstracts of Masters and Ph.D. projects, etc. 

Due date is June 1. 

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