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Dinophyte Seminars


 International seminar series on dinophytes

Because of the current pandemic, we have been unable to meet each other. This is a shame because such meetings are crucial to keep our community connected.
To overcome this, in line with the DINO/ICHA-conferences, we invite you to participate in: 

Our biweekly 20 minute seminars + 10 minute questions via ZOOM, starting in May 2021 (We'll try to choose timeslots that are convenient with your time zone) please note that the scheduled time is Central European Summer Time (GMT+2).

This can be about anything related to dinophytes / dinocysts (for example about taxonomy, phylogeny, evolution, life-history, toxins, pigments, transcriptomics, (paleo)ecology, stratigraphy, functional traits, ...).

If you would like to attend these seminars or present such a seminar, please contact, and we'll provide you the necessary information.
We specifically ask postdocs, PhD students, MSc students to propose seminars.

This is a good way to showcase your research to a group of specialists.

The organizing committee (Kenneth Mertens, Vera Pospelova and Marc Gottschling).


Day and timeSpeakerTitleLink to AbstractZoom link1
Wednesday, October 4, 2023, 5pm (CEST, GMT+2)  Mariana Sofia Pandeirada, University of Aveiro, Portugal. Unveiling character evolution in peridinioid dinoflagellates: clarifying phylogeny towards a stable classification Abstract Join Zoom meeting
June 1, 2023, 3pm (CEST, GMT+2)
Prof. Dr. emer. Kazumi Matsuoka, C/O East China Sea Research Center, Nagasaki University, Japan. A reconstruction of environmental changes before and after the Anthropocene boundary (1950s-1960s) - the case of the inner part of Beppu Bay over the past 150 years using aquatic palynomorphs Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 5pm (CEST, GMT+2) Dr. Jörg C. Frommlet, Department of Biology and Center for Environmental and Marine Studies, University of Aveiro, Portugal. Evidence for an autoendolithic life history of free-living symbiodiniaceans Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Monday, April 3, 2023, 4pm (CEST, GMT+2) Prof. Dr. Anne Jantschke, Biomineralization and Crystallography, Institute for Geosciences, JGU Mainz, Germany. Biomineralization pathways in calcifying dinoflagellates: uptake, storage in MgCaP rich bodies and formation of the shell Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Thursday, March 23, 2023, 5pm (CET, GMT+1) Prof. Dr. emer. Barrie Dale, University of Oslo, Norway. Paleontological Evidence for Dinoflagellates and Ciliates as Early Eukaryotes Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Tuesday, February 14, 2023, 4pm (CET, GMT+1) Dr. Iria García-Moreiras,
Centro de Investigación Mariña (CIM), Universidade de Vigo, Departamento de Bioloxía Vexetal e
Ciencias do Solo, Facultade de Ciencias, Vigo, Spain.
Physical and biological processes influencing dinoflagellate cyst distribution in the benthic
nepheloid layer off Figueira da Foz (Atlantic Iberian margin)
Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 4pm (CET, GMT+1) Prof. Dr. Antonella Penna, Department of Biomolecular Sciences
University of Urbino, Campus Enrico Mattei, Urbino, Italy.
Different aspects on the dinoflagellate molecular ecology: a focus on the Mediterranean Sea Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 4pm (CET, GMT+1) Prof. Dr. Francine M.G. McCarthy, Department of Earth Sciences, Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada.
Natural History, Plants and Climate Change, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada.
Why do the cysts of freshwater dinoflagellates remain underutilised in paleolimnological studies? Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Wednesday October 26, 2022, 4pm (CEST, GMT+2) Prof. Dr. Corina Brussaard, Department of Freshwater and Marine Ecology (FAME), Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), University of Amsterdam. Phytoplankton virus ecology (with a focus on Phaeocystis) Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Thursday September 22, 2022, 4pm (CEST, GMT+2) Dr. R. Wayne Litaker, CSS, Inc. Under Contract to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Beaufort, North Carolina, USA. Criteria for using rDNA sequences to define dinoflagellate species Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Monday September 19, 2022, 9:30am (CEST, GMT+2) Dr. Kevin Wakeman, Department of Biological Sciences, Hokkaido University, Japan. Patterns of Evolution and Diversity of Symbiotic Marine Alveolates Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Thursday June 23, 2022, 5:40pm (CEST, GMT+2) James M. Fiorendino, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA. Portion Control: Modelling the Effect of Prey Size on Dinophysis Blooms in the Gulf of Mexico Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Thursday June 23, 2022, 5pm (CEST, GMT+2) Dr. Peter D. Nooteboom, Department of Physics, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht (IMAU), Utrecht University. Centre for Complex Systems Studies, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands. The journey of sinking marine microplankton and its implication for palaeoceanographic reconstructions Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Wednesday June 8, 2022, 5pm (CEST, GMT+2) Dr. Philipp Hess, Ifremer, PHYTOX, Laboratoire METALG, Nantes, France. Vulcanodinium rugosum - a potent and ubiquitous genus affecting mice and man Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Tuesday May 10, 2022, 4pm (CEST, GMT+2) Dr. Peter Bijl, Department of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands. DINOSTRAT: A global database of the stratigraphic and paleolatitudinal distribution of Mesozoic-Cenozoic organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Monday April 25, 2022, 5pm (CEST, GMT+2) Dr. Jeremy R. Young, Earth Sciences, University College London, UK. Dinotax - first stages of establishing a web-database of extant dinoflagellate taxonomy Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Friday April 8, 2022, 2pm (CEST, GMT+2) Dr. Juliana Chacón, Systematics, Biodiversity and Evolution of Plants, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU), Munich, Germany. Dinophyte diversity in Bavarian lakes and algal species successions at Munich Botanical Gardens (Germany): Using phylogenetic placement of environmental sequences and reliable taxonomic databases to study algal biodiversity Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Monday March 21, 2022, 11am (CET, GMT+1) Dr. Albert Reñé, Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC) Barcelona, Spain. Insights on sand-dwelling dinoflagellates communities combining morphological and metabarcoding approaches Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Wednesday March 9, 2022, 5pm (CET, GMT+1) Dr. Pieter Gurdebeke, Department of Geology, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. The dinoflagellate cyst genus Votadinium Reid (Dinophyceae, Peridiniales, Protoperidiniaceae): Taxonomic revision, phylogeny, and cyst wall composition Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Monday February 7 2022, 12pm (CET, GMT +1) Dr. Leila Basti, Department of Ocean Science, Faculty of Marine Environment and Resources, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Tokyo, Japan. Food Security and Harmful Dinophyte Blooms: Impacts on Aquaculture and Recent Advances in Biosensors and Molecular Detection Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Tuesday 25 January 2022, 1pm (CET, GMT+1) Dr. Lena Thöle, Department of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands. Closing the Antarctic Void: Tighter Constraints on Biogeographic Affinities of Modern Dinoflagellate Cyst Assemblages in the Southern Ocean with Implications for Sea Surface Temperatures and Sea Ice Reconstructions Abstract Join Zoom meeting


Friday 14 January 2022, 2pm (CET, GMT+1) Dr. Takuto Ando, Estuary Research Center, Shimane University, Matsue, Japan. Macromolecules analyses of cyst wall of Alexandrium catenella/pacificum using ATR-FTIR and Raman spectroscopy Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Tuesday 14 December at 1pm (CET, GMT+1) Nick Young, European Centre for Environment and Human Health, Truro, UK. Marine harmful algal blooms and observed human health effects – what is the evidence? Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Thursday 2 December at 4pm (CET, GMT+1) Dr. Bengt Karlson, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Norrköping, Sweden. Diversity and distribution of pelagic dinoflagellates along a salinity gradient from the Baltic Sea to the Skagerrak based on a combination of metabarcoding and microscopy Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Tuesday 16 November at 6pm (CET, GMT+1) Dr. Sandy McLachlan, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria, Canada. Morphological variance within the spiniferate gonyaulacacean dinoflagellate cyst Cannosphaeropsis franciscana across the K/Pg boundary; the case for vesiculation as an ecophenotypic character with consideration for the genus Hafniasphaera
Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Tuesday 2 November at 1pm (CET, GMT+1) Dr. Donald M. Anderson, Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA. Evidence for massive and recurrent toxic blooms of Alexandrium catenella in the Alaskan Arctic Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Thursday 21 October at 5pm (CEST, GMT+2) Pjotr Meyvisch, Department of Geology, Ghent University, Belgium. Recent advances in infrared spectroscopy applied to single specimen dinoflagellate cysts: methodological framework and applications Abstract Join Zoom meeing
Thursday 7 October at 1pm (CEST, GMT+2) Dr. Michaela E. Larsson, Climate Change Cluster (C3), University of Technology Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Mucospheres produced by the mixotrophic dinoflagellate Prorocentrum cf. balticum impact ocean carbon cycling Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Thursday 23 September at 5pm (CEST, GMT+2) Dr. Raffaele Siano, Ifremer, DYNECO Centre de Brest, France.  Back to the past: sedimentary archives revealed dinoflagellate communities shifts and species adaptations due to human impact in the Bay of Brest (France) Abstract Join Zoom meeting


Monday 6 September at 5pm (CEST, GMT+2) Prof. Dr. Karin Zonneveld, MARUM, Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Germany. Where do dinoflagellate cysts in marine sediments come from? Abstract Join Zoom meeting 
Monday 23 August at 5pm (CEST, GMT+2) Vincent Coussin, Laboratoire Géosciences Océans (LGO, UBO, IUEM, UMR 6538),  Brest, France.  Marine and continental palynological evidence for the understanding of modern environments in the Western Mediterranean Sea (Algerian margin and Gulf of Lion) Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Thursday 15 July at 5pm (CEST, GMT+2) Prof. Dr. Marc Gottschling, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany. The importance of the epitype concept for reliable species determination in protists such as dinophytes Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Thursday 1 July at 5pm (CEST, GMT+2) Dr. Natalia Annenkova, Limnological Institute, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Irkutsk. Dinoflagellates, which live or probably live in the ancient Lake Baikal: single cell and DNA metabarcoding studies Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Tuesday 15 June 5pm (CEST, GMT+2) Francesc Rubió Garrido, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.  Ostreopsis cf. ovata: A friendly dinoflagellate who likes to attach to different macroalgae and to a bryozoan Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Tuesday 1 June 4pm (CEST, GMT+2) Prof. Linda Medlin, Marine Biological Association of the UK, Plymouth, UK.  Recent advances in biosensors for the detection of toxic algae Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Wednesday 19 May 4pm (CEST, GMT+2) Dr. Coralie Zorzi, Université de Bordeaux, France. Paleoceanographical changes of the Plio-Pleistocene based on marine palynological approach at ODP Sites 882 and 887, western and eastern North Pacific Abstract Join Zoom meeting
Thursday 6 May 12:30pm (CEST, GMT+2) Prof. Shauna Murray, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Ciguatera and Gambierdiscus species in Australia and the Pacific Abstract Join Zoom meeting

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