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. 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, …). We’ll try to choose timeslots that are convenient with your time zone.

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 organising committee (Kenneth Mertens, Vera Pospelova and Marc Gottschling)

You can find all information here to connect to the zoom meeting:

Dinophyte seminars.

Please note that the scheduled time is Central European summer time (GMT+2). Talks are 20 min + 10 min questions.

Thursday 6 May 12:30pm GMT+2. Prof. Shauna Murray, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia – Ciguatera and Gambierdiscus species in Australia and the Pacific.

Wednesday 19 May 4pm GMT+2. Dr. Coralie Zorzi, Université de Bordeaux, France – Paleoceanographical changes of the Plio-Pleistocene based on marine palynology at ODP Sites 882 and 887, western and eastern North Pacific. (Join Zoom meeting; passcode if prompted: 667795)

Tuesday 1 June 4pm GMT+2. Prof. Linda Medlin,  Marine Biological Association of the UK, Plymouth, UK – Recent advances in biosensors for the detection of toxic algae.  (Join Zoom meeting; passcode if prompted: 667795)

Tuesday 15 June at 5pm GMT+2. Francesc Rubió Garrido, Universitat de Barcelona, SpainOstreopsis cf. ovata: A friendly dinoflagellate who likes to attach to different macroalgae and Bryozoa. 

Thursday 1 July at 5pm 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.

Thursday 15 July at 5pm GMT+2. Dr. Peta Mudie, NRCan Geological Survey, Canada Atlantic, Halifax, NS, Canada – Adaptation strategies in Arctic pack ice dinoflagellates with cysts.