THE ILLINOIS NATURAL HISTORY SURVEY

CENTER FOR ANNELIDA RESOURCES

"For Where Is The Species That Has No Ecological Reality?"
- R. O. Brinkhurst & B. G. M. Jamieson, 1971

This website established and maintained by Mark J. Wetzel, Research Scientist
- Curator, Collections Manager, and Database Manager for the INHS Annelida Collection
Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS),
Prairie Research Institute at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, Illinois, USA.

- Index To Sections Included Below And / Or Linked From This Web Site -

  • Classification and Checklist of the Freshwater Oligochaetes occurring in North America North of Mexico
    Classification and Checklist of the Freshwater Oligochaetes occurring in the State of Florida, USA
    Classification and Checklist of the Leeches (Annelida, Clitellata, Hirudinida) occurring in North America North of Mexico
    The Enchytraeidae and Propappidae (Annelida, Clitellata, Enchytraeida) of North America
    List of Marine Species in the Family Enchytraeidae (Annelida, Clitellata, Enchytraeida)

    The INHS Annelida Collection
    Aquatic Annelida In Illinois | The Earthworms of Illinois | Springs of Illinois
    The Aquatic Oligochaeta occurring in or adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    The Aquatic Oligochaeta of the Colorado River and its tributaries, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
    The Aquatic Oligochaeta of Montezuma Well, Yavapai County, Arizona

    Nomenclatura Oligochaetologica Supplementum Quartum -
    A Catalogue of Names, Descriptions and Type Specimens of the Oligochaeta

    Website for the journal, Megadrilogica

    Links to Other Annelida Resources Via the World Wide Web
    Aquatic Oligochaetologists of the World
    Bibliography of Aquatic Annelida | Links to other Aquatic Resource Web Sites
    Annelida Conferences and Symposia
    Other Conferences, Meetings, Symposia, Workshops:
    2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006

    Annelidan Aphorisms: Vermes In Time


  • WHAT'S NEW IN THE WORLD OF ANNELIDS?

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    NEW Publications:

    "A Guide to European Terrestrial and Freshwater Species of Enchytraeidae (Oligochaeta)" by Rüdiger M. Schmelz and Rut Collado. This guide is published as a special issue of Soil Organisms (formerly "Abhandlungen und Berichte des Naturkundemuseums Görlitz"). Publisher: Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz. Volume 82(1). 176 pp. ISBN 978-3-0909854-6-8. 38-- Euros, + shipping costs.

    The purpose of this book is to facilitate and to stimulate work with enchytraeids, a notoriously difficult but ecologically important group of small oligochaete worms. Our critical guide to the identification of 206 species of European enchytraeids includes the recent taxonomic advances (new species, revisions, improved standards of description) and also results of original research on a number of genera. Marine and exotic species are excluded. The illustrated keys are preceded by detailed introductions into the taxonomic traits, the general anatomy of enchytraeids, and the technique of handling living worms during the identification process - fixed specimens cannot be identified with certainty. Due to persistent taxonomic problems in many groups, a 'sensu lato' approach is adopted in the circumscription of several common species. We attach a preview of the first 14 pages of the book. Please forward this announcement to other possibly interested persons.

    Print copies can be ordered through Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz - Bibliothek, Frau Grosche.
    E-mail: ilse.grosche{AT}senckenberg.de; Fax: ++49(0)-3581-401742.
    Surface mail: PF 30 01 54, 02806 Görlitz, Germany.
    Please indicate the shipping address in your order. The invoice will be sent together with the print copy.

    Thank you for your attention! Questions? Please contact the authors via e-mail:
    Rüdiger M. Schmelz [enchytrailer{AT}telefonica.net] and Rut Collado [rutco{AT}udc.es] --
    University of A Coruña, Science Faculty
    Department of Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology
    Rua da Fraga, 10, 15008 A Coruña, ESPAGNA


    Other Recent Publications:

    Reynolds, J.W., and M.J. Wetzel. 2012. Terrestrial Oligochaeta (Annelida: Clitellata) in North America, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Bermuda. III. Megadrilogica 15(8): 191-214.

    Reynolds, J.W., and M.J. Wetzel. 2011. The earthworms (Oligochaeta: Acanthodrilidae, Glossoscolecidae, Komarekionidae, Lumbricidae, Megascolecidae and Sparganophilidae) of Illinois, USA. Megadrilogica 15(4): 35-67.

    Schlaghamersky, J. ed. [2007] 2008. Newsletter on Enchytraeidae No. 10: Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Enchytraeidae, May 25-28, 2006, Brno, Czech Republic. Folia Facultatis Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis Masarykianae Brunensis, Biologia 110(2007): 1-233.

    Reynolds, J.W., and M.J. Wetzel. 2008. Terrestrial Oligochaeta (Annelida: Clitellata) in North America, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Bermuda. Megadrilogica 12(12): 167-208.

    Timm, T., ed. 2005. Newsletter on Enchytraeidae No. 9. Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Enchytraeidae, convened at the Võrstjärv Limnological Station of the Estonian Agricultural University (Rannu, Tartumaa, Estonia) in May 2004. Special Issue on Enchytraeidae. Proceedings of the Estonian Academy of Sciences Biology, Ecology 54(4):251-359.

    Brinkhurst, Ralph O. 2004. Still Searching; The Autobiography of a Biologist. Available from Trafford Publishing. 226 pp. Excerpts from Ralph's just-released book along with ordering information are available from the website, above.

    Reynolds, J.W., and M.J. Wetzel. 2004. Terrestrial Oligochaeta (Annelida: Clitellata) in North America north of Mexico. Megadrilogica 9(11): 71-98. [abstracts in English and Spanish].

    Edwards, Clive A., ed. 2004. Earthworm ecology, second edition. CRC Press LLC, 2000 N.W. Corporate Blvd., Boca Raton, Florida 33431. ISBN 0-8493-1819-X [hardbound]. 441 pp. [www.crcpress.com].

    Didden, W., and P. van Vliet, eds. 2003. Newsletter on Enchytraeidae No. 8. Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Enchytraeidae, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 12-14 April 2002. Published by the Department of Soil Quality, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands. ISSN: 0937-4175. v + 108 pp.

    Christensen, B., and V. Standen, eds. 2002. Newletter on Enchytraeidae No. 7. Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Enchytraeidae, Mols Laboratory, Denmark, 2-4 June 2000. Natura Jutlandica Occasional Papers No. 2. 110 pp. ISBN: 87-89137-78-7. Price: DKK 200.00; available from Natural History Museum, Universitetsparken, Building 210, DK-8000, Aarhus, Denmark. Telephone: (+45) 86129777; Fax: (+45) 86130882; E-mail: nm{AT}nathist.dk; Website URL: http://www.naturhistoriskmuseum.dk

    Schmelz, R., and K. Sühlo, eds. 1999. Newsletter on Enchytraeidae 6. Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Enchytraeidae, Osnabrück, Germany: 3-4 July 1998. Universitätsverlag Rasch, Osnabrück, Rechtsträger: Rasch Druckerei und Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Bramsche. ISBN 3-934005-05-5; ISSN 0937-4175. 155 pages, softcover, acid-free paper. Price: DM 64.50 (ca. 32.25 Euros / US-Dollars). [most papers in English; those in German include English abstract / summary]. Address orders to: Mrs. Susanne Franzkeit, Universitätsverlag Rasch, D-49069 Osnabrück, Germany; E-mail: sfranzke{AT}uni-osnabrueck.de

    Two web-based bibliographies managed by Bernard Lebreton -

    >> BIOSPEOLOGICA BIBLIOGRAPHIA

    >> World Bibliography on Subterranean Aphanoneura - Oligochaeta

    - co-authored by Bernard Lebreton and Narcisse Giani

    Kathman, R. Deedee, and Ralph O. Brinkhurst. 1998. Guide to the freshwater oligochaetes of North America. Aquatic Resources Center, College Grove, TN 37046 USA. iv + 264 pp. USD $55.00 (post paid). - A link to current ordering information for this guide is posted HERE.


    THE INHS ANNELIDA COLLECTION


    The INHS Annelida Collection is perhaps the largest state collection of freshwater oligochaetes in the country, holding more than 320,000 specimens. With the exception of one monospecific group - the Acanthobdellida, or bristle worms - the collection includes representatives of the other four classes in the Annelida: Branchiobdellae (the crayfish worms, including representatives of the subfamilies Bdellodrilinae, Cambarincolinae, and Xironodrilinae); Hirudinea (the leeches, including representatives of families Haemopidae, Hirudinidae, Erpobdellidae, Glossiphoniidae, and Piscicolidae); the Oligochaeta, with representatives of the aquatic microdrile worms (families Enchytraeidae, Haplotaxidae, Lumbriculidae, Naididae, Opistocystidae, and Tubificidae), and the terrestrial megadrile worms (families Acanthodrilidae, Komarekionidae, Lumbricidae, Megascolecidae, and Sparganophilidae); Polychaeta (sand worms, tube worms, or clam worms - primarily marine) including a few representatives of the families Capitellidae and Sabellidae. Several specimens in the genus Aeolosoma(Aphanoneura, Aeolosomatida) are deposited in the Collection. The aeolosomatidans (head-crawling, or suction-feeding worms), historically aligned with the oligochaetes, are now considered to be polychaetes. This collection includes representatives of many worm species that have limited known distributions in North America. Currently, none of the annelids known or thought likely to occur in Illinois is listed as endangered or threatened by either the federal government or by the State of Illinois, nor are there any under consideration for such listing. A more complete synopsis of this collection is available by clicking on the title above this paragraph.



    THE AQUATIC ANNELIDA OF ILLINOIS
    - ANNOTATED CHECKLIST OF SPECIES -

    The first comprehensive review of aquatic Annelida in Illinois was published in 1992 [Wetzel, M.J. Aquatic Annelida of Illinois: Introduction and checklist of species. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science 85(1 and 2): 87-101.]. In that paper, the occurrence of 130 species of aquatic worms in the state, representing 71 genera in 15 families was documented. The checklist has been modified to include species identified from the state since publication of that review and to reflect recent nomenclatural and systematic changes; recent works discussing the phylogeny of aquatic Annelida also have been included.


    THE TERRESTRIAL OLIGOCHAETA OF ILLINOIS
    - ANNOTATED CHECKLIST OF SPECIES -


    Classification and Checklist of the Freshwater Oligochaetes
    occurring in North America North of Mexico


    THE AQUATIC OLIGOCHAETA (ANNELIDA: CLITELLATA)
    OF MONTEZUMA WELL, YAVAPAI COUNTY, ARIZONA:
    A NEAR THERMALLY CONSTANT LIMNOCRENE


    Abstract: The aquatic Oligochaeta (Annelida: Clitellata) fauna of Montezuma Well, a near-thermally constant limnocrene in Yavapai County, Arizona, was studied from March 1987 through November 1996. Ten species identified from Montezuma Well and its associated aquatic habitats represent new records for the state: Haplotaxis cf. gordioides (Haplotaxidae); Chaetogaster diaphanus, Nais elinguis,and Pristinella jenkinae (Naididae); and Limnodrilus hoffmeisteri, L. profundicola, L. udekemianus, Quistadrilus multisetosus, Tubifex tubifex,and Varichaetadrilus angustipenis (Tubificidae). Several unidentified species of Enchytraeidae, Lumbricidae, and Ocnerodrilidae, and Pristina sp. (Naididae) also were collected. The occurrence of Varichaetadrilus angustipenis in Montezuma Well represents the westernmost locality for this rare Nearctic species, and further supports its association with groundwater systems.


    THE AQUATIC OLIGOCHAETA (ANNELIDA) OF THE
    GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, USA


    This project is being underwritten by Discover Life In America, Inc.,

    a not-for-profit organization administering the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory program (ATBI)
    program in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP).

    A preliminary checklist of the freshwater Annelida (Aeolosomatida, Branchiobdellida, Hirudinea, and Oligochaeta) known to occur in North Carolina, South Carolina, and / or Tennessee is posted HERE.

    In September 1999, surveys for aquatic oligochaetes were conducted at one spring and 11 stream sites in the Park. Funding to continue this project was received from DLIA in August 2000, April 2001, April 2002, April 2003, April 2004, and April 2006. Additional surveys for aquatic oligochaetes in the Park were conducted in September 2000 (16 stream sites and two springs); April 2001 (13 stream sites, one swamp, and three springs); September/October 2001 (10 stream sites and five spring/seep areas); April 2002 (11 stream sites, two spring/seeps, and rimstone pools in Gregory Cave); August 2002 (3 stream sites, two spring/seeps); April/May 2003 (12 streams, four spring/seeps); September 2003 (14 streams, one spring); May 2004 (seven streams, four wetland/bog/seep areas, one limestone sink, one sewage treatment lagoon, and two terrestrial sites); October 2004 (10 streams, two springs, and one wetland drainage area); and August 2005 (9 streams, three springs, and Tom Branch Falls). During our August 2005 visit to NC, we also conducted surveys for aquatic oligochaetes at four spring/seep sites along the Blue Ridge Parkway in an attempt to collect additional specimens of an as yet unidentified taxon (Tubificidae, Rhyocodrilinae) that was first brought to my attention by Dr. David Lenat.

    Progress reports summarizing results to date and the status of this project were presented to the participants of the annual DLIA meetings in Gatlinburg, TN, in December 2000, November 2001, December 2002, December 2003, December 2004, December 2005, and December 2006. To date, 34 species of aquatic oligochaetes representing 22 genera and four families have been collected from streams and springs within the Park; several other as-yet unidentified taxa representing at least two families also have been collected. All species of a aquatic oligochaetes identified from these collections are new records for the Park; in addition, four species represent new records for the state of Tennessee, and one species is a new state record for North Carolina. Subsequent to the processing of samples and identification of oligochaete specimens, the following checklist will be updated with annotations for species identified from these collections. Information pertaining to oligochaete specimens collected from the Park by other aquatic biologists will be included here once they have been identified. Please visit the website, above, for additional information on this project. A paper summarizing our findings to date was one of several papers just published in a special issue of Southeastern Naturalist focusing on many of the ongoing biodiversity studies in the Park.
    Citation for this paper: Wetzel, M.J., and M.A.P. Morgan. 2007. Aquatic microdrile oligochaetes (Annelida, Clitellata) of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee. Pp. 153-158, In: P. Cox (Ed.). The Great Smoky Mountains National Park All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory: A Search for Species in Our Own Backyard. Southeastern Naturalist 6 (Special Issue 1). 238 pp.


    THE AQUATIC OLIGOCHAETA (ANNELIDA)
    OF THE COLORADO RIVER AND ITS TRIBUTARIES,
    GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, ARIZONA


    A preliminary checklist of the freshwater Annelida (Aeolosomatida, Branchiobdellida, Hirudinea, and Oligochaeta) known to occur in the Colorado River and its tributaries within the boundaries of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is posted HERE. These results were obtained during four rafting expeditions - November/December 1991, August/September 1993, June/July 2001, and July 2006.


    NOMENCLATURA OLIGOCHAETOLOGICA SUPPLEMENTUM QUARTUM -
    A Catalogue of Names, Descriptions and Type Specimens of the Oligochaeta


    In late 2000, Dr. John Reynolds (Oligochaetology Laboratory, Kitchener, Ontario) invited me to co-author Nomenclatura Oligochaetologica - Supplementum Quartum: a catalogue of names, descriptions and type specimens of the Oligochaeta. This fourth supplement (N.O.S.Q.) will update (Addenda Editioni Primae) and correct (Corrigenda Editioni Primae) generic, subgeneric, specific and infra-specific names of oligochaetes published in the first three supplements (N.O.S.P., N.O.S.S., N.O.S.T.) through 31 December 2009. Genera are assigned to 36 families recognized in the third supplement (N.O.S.T.) plus two new families added in this fourth supplement; the detailed Latin definitions can also be found in N.O.S.T. A summary of taxa entries for the first four volumes is presented as follows: [families / genera / subgenera / species]: N.O.: 24 / 573 / 0 / 5,753; N.O.S.P.: 4 / 47 / 0 / 401; N.O.S.S.: 7 / 73 / 34 / 694; N.O.S.T.: 1 / 46 / 6 / 406. As of 25 April 2010, two new families, 87 new genera, 27 new subgenera, and 1,436 new species of oligochaetes are included in N.O.S.Q. Several new genera and approximately 50 new species have yet to be entered before we finalize this volume. Globally, over 8,300 species of Oligochaeta (terrestrial, marine, estuarine, and freshwater) have been described worldwide (described in papers published prior to 30 June 2010); of these, 5,700(+) are considered to be valid species. Accounts for species described in papers that are published after 30 June 2010 (our tentative cut-off date for species to be included in NOSQ), will be posted on a web-based list via a hyperlink from this and several other websites -- so that our colleagues worldwide have timely access to new species descriptions. For us to maintain this list as current as possible, we encourage our colleagues to forward to us reprints of their papers that include descriptions of new families, genera, and species, as well as those that synonymize or supress taxa.

    For information on ordering N.O. and the first three supplements (N.O.S.P., N.O.S.S., and N.O.S.T.), please visit THIS SITE. Ordering information for the fourth supplement, N.O.S.Q., will be posted here as soon as it is published.


    LINKS TO OTHER ANNELIDA RESOURCES VIA THE WORLD WIDE WEB

    Conferences, Meetings, Symposia, and Workshops


    Upcoming Annelida Conferences and Symposia



    The
    13th International Symposium on Aquatic Oligochaeta [ISAO 13]
    will convene at Mazaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, 7-11 September 2013.

    Symposium host and organizer:
    Dr. Jana Schenková, Institute of Botany and Zoology, Faculty of Science
    Masaryk University, Kotlarska 2, 611 37 Brno, Czech Republic
    E-mail: schenk[AT]sci.muni.cz

    Symposium sponsors: Mazaryk University.

    A symposium website is now being prepared and will be linked from here, soon.


    Recently Convened Annelida Conferences and Symposia

    Short summaries of past conferences and symposia are included here for those who may have need for additional information, including purchase of conference or symposium proceedings.

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    The 12th International Symposium on Aquatic Oligochaeta [ISAO 12]

    convened at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle (near Perth), Western Australia, 10-14 September 2012.

    Symposium host and organizer:
    Adrian M. Pinder, Science Division, Department of Environment
    and Conservation, P.O. Box 51, Wanneroo 6946, Western Australia;
    E-mail: adrian.pinder{AT}dec.wa.gov.au.


    Symposium sponsors:
    Government of Western Australia, and the Department of Environment and Conservation.







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    The 9th International Symposium on Enchytraeidae recently convened at the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute (vTI) in Braunschweig, northern Germany, 14-16 July 2010. This symposium was hosted and organized by Dr. Stefan Schrader, vTI - Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries - Institute of Biodiversity, Bundesallee 50, D-38116 Braunschweig, Germany.
    E-mail: stefan.schrader{AT}vti.bund.de; Tel.: +49 531 596 2514.

    The proceedings of this 9th International Symposium on Enchytraeidae will be published as Newsletter on Enchytraeidae No. 12, in "Landbauforschung - vTI Agricultural and Forestry Research" (formerly "Landbauforschung Völkenrode").

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    The Eleventh International Symposium on Aquatic Oligochaeta [ISAO 11] recently convened (5-12 October 2009) at the Mukarnas Resort Hotel, located on the Mediterranean Sea in Alanya, Antalya, Turkiye. This was a most successful symposium, with 60 participants representing 20 countries. The proceedings of this symposium will be published in the Turkish Jounal of Zoology in late 2010. Additional information pertinent to this symposium is available from our symposium host, Dr. Naime Arslan [oligo2009'{AT}'gmail.com]

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    The 8th International Symposium on Enchytraeidae convened in Durham, United Kingdom, 2-6 July 2008.
    This symposium included lectures, field work and a workshop. Field work focused on enchytraeids of habitats within the Durham Magnesian Limestone Plateau. The workshop, was funded by the British Ecological Society and was led by Dr Rudiger Schmelz. Further symposium information is available by contacting Dr. Valerie Standen via E-mail: [valerie.standen{AT}hotmail.co.uk].

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    The 3rd International Leech Conference convened in Bad Bevensen-Medingen, Germany, 14-16 March 2008. This conference was organized by the Gustav Stresemann Institut e.V. in cooperation with the German Limnological Society (DGL) - Workgroup 'Txonomy'. Plenary and poster sessions focused on leech faunistics, ecology, biology, and taxonomy. Additional information about this conference is available by contacting (via E-mail) Drs. Clemens Grosser [c.grosser{AT}gmx.de] or Uwe Jueg [uwejueg{AT}t-online.de]. Dr. Grosser's website also provides a diversity of information related to leeches of Europe, and beyond.

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    The 3rd Latin American Meeting on Oligochaete ecology and Taxonomy (ELAETAO3) convened in Curitiba-PR, Brazil, 3-7 December 2007. A program with the names of speakers and titles of the presentations is available from the convener, Dr. George Brown, who can be reached via E-mail, at: browng{AT}cnpf.embrapa.br.

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    The Third International Oligochaete Taxonomy Meeting convened at the Hotel Pendeli in Platres, Cyprus, 2-6 April 2007. An extensive website HERE presents a diversity of information related to this meeting, including list of and contact information for participants, meeting programme, photo album, and instructions for manuscripts for inclusion in the proceedings.

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    The Tenth International Symposium on Aquatic Oligochaeta [ISAO10] convened at the Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Wuhan, China, 16-26 October 2006. This Symposium was organized and hosted by the Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; the Symposium Organizing Committee included Dr. Hongzhu Wang (Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences), Dr. Christer Erséus (Department of Zoology, Göteborg University, Sweden), and Dr. Yanling Liang (Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences). 66 scientists representing 10 countries participated in this very successful, informative, and enjoable symposium. The symposium proceedings from this 10th ISAO were published in Acta Hydrobiologica Sinica 31(Suppl.) in late 2008. Additional information on this symposium can be obtained via E-Mail to Dr. Wang, via the symposium E-Mail addresses:
    [ ISAO2006'{AT}'ihb.ac.cn ] and [ ISAO2006'{AT}'yahoo.com.cn ]. Dr. Wang also encourages you to send your E-Mail communications to both of the above addresses, because E-Mail communications can sometimes be unreliable.

    Reminder: as noted at the bottom of this webpage, the '{AT}' in all E-Mail addresses on this page must be replaced with the '@' character in order to work].

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    The 7th International Symposium on Enchytraeidae convened on the premises of the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, 24 May (arrival) through Sunday 28 May (departure). This symposium was hosted by Jiri (George) Schlaghamersky.

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    The 6th International Symposium on Enchytraeidae convened at the Vörstjärv Limnological Station at Rannu, Estonia, 16-18 May 2004; a taxonomy workshop followed the symposium (19-22 May). Please contact Dr. Tarmo Timm, symposium organizer [EE-61101 Rannu, Tartumaa, Estonia; E-Mail: ttimm'{AT}'zbi.ee] for additional information associated with this symposium. The proceedings of this symposium have recently been published, and soon will be available for purchase; please contact Dr. Timm via E-Mail (above).

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    The Ninth International Symposium on Aquatic Oligochaete Biology [ISAOB] convened at the Wageninse Berg in Wageningen, The Netherlands, 6-10 October 2003. This symposium was sponsored by WIMEK, STOWA, Alterra--Green World Research (Centre for Ecosystem Studies), Wageningen University (Subdepartment of Environmental Technology, and Department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences), KNAW, and the LEB Foundation. The organizing committee includes Drs. Piet F.M. Verdonschot, Rebi Nijboer, and Tjeerd-Harm van den Hoek (Alterra) and Christa Ratsak, Bas Buys, and Hellen Elissen (Wageningen University). Once again, this symposium was most successful -- over 80 participants from 27 countries were present, with 40 participants attending for the first time! The proceedings from this 2003 symposium was published (July 2006) in the journal, Hydrobiologia, volume 564. The 10th ISAO convened in China in October 2006, and the 11th ISAO will soon convene in Alanya, SE of Antalya, Turkey (see additional information, above).

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    A symposium entitled Morphology, Molecules, Evolution and Phylogeny in Polychaeta and related Taxa convened at Haus Ohrbeck, Osnabrück, Germany, 23-27 September 2002. Additional information is available by contacting Dr. Günter Purschke via E-mail, at: [ purschke{AT}biologie.uni-osnabrueck.de ] telephone [+49-0541-969-2857], FAX [+49-0541-969-2587], or post: Universität Osnabrück, Fachbereich 5, Barbarastraße 11, D-49069 Osnabrück, GERMANY.

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    The Fifth Symposium on Enchytraeidae was held at Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 12-14 April 2002. Additional information is available by contacting symposium organizers via E-mail -- Wim Didden [ wim.didden{AT}bb.benp.wa.nl ] or Petra van Vliet [ petra.vanvliet{AT}bb.benp.wa.n ], or by telephone or FAX [ +31 317 482 134/344; FAX: +31 317 483 766]. Proceedings of this symposium were recently published in:

    > Didden, W.; van Vliet, P. eds. 2003. Newsletter on Enchytraeidae No. 8. Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Enchytraeidae, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 12-14 April 2002. Published by the Department of Soil Quality, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands. ISSN: 0937-4175. v + 108 pp.

    These symposia have developed from workshops of the subgroup >Enchytraeidae< from the >AG Mesofauna<, a forum for young scientists in Central Europe, mainly Germany, working in the field of soil meso-faunal zoology. Since 1994, the meetings on Enchytraeidae have been organized as international symposia, with regular oral and poster presentations. These Symposia are open to anyone interested in any of the diverse aspects of the biology and ecology of enchytraeids. Conference languages are English and German. Please contact the organizers of this recent symposium if you are interested in participating in future symposia on Enchytraeidae, which are held every two years [the most recent symposium, as noted above, was convened in Estonia in May 2004].

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    The Seventh International Polychaete Conference convened at Haskolabio, the Conference and Cultural Centre of the University of Iceland in Reykjavik, 2-6 July 2001. This conference was hosted by the Icelandic Institute of Natural History, the University of Iceland, and the Marine Research Institute in Reykjavik. Additional questions regarding tis conference should be directed via E-mail, to Elin Sígvaldadóttir [ elins{AT}ni.is ] or Gudmundur V’dir Helgason [ gudmvid{AT}hi.is ], who were members of the conference organizing committee.

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    The Eighth International Symposium on Aquatic Oligochaeta was hosted by Dra. Pilar Rodriguez, Universidad del País Vasco, Bilbao, Spain, 18-22 July 2000. Please contact Dra. Rodriguez via E-mail: [ pilar.rodriguez{AT}ehu.es ] for additional information. The proceedings of this 8th international symposium were published in Hydrobiologia Vol. 463 (2001).

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    >Enchytraeidae2000. Dr. Bent Christensen hosted the Fourth Enchytraeidae Symposium, in Molslaboratoriet, Denmark, 2-4 June 2000. The symposium proceedings have been published in: Christensen, B., and V. Standen. 2002. Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Enchytraeidae, Mols Laboratory, Denmark, 2-4 June 2000. Newletter on Enchytraeidae No. 7. Natura Jutlandica Occasional Papers No. 2. 110 pp. ISBN: 87-89137-78-7. Price: DKK 200.00; available from Natural History Museum, Universitetsparken, Building 210, DK-8000, Aarhus, Denmark. Telephone: (+45) 86129777; Fax: (+45) 86130882; E-mail: nm{AT}nathist.dk; Website URL: http://www.naturhistoriskmuseum.dk


    Other Conferences, Meetings, Symposia, Workshops:

    In addition to the listings below, please visit the Meetings and Conferences section of the Society for Freshwater Science (formerly, the North American Benthological Society (1975-2011), and prior to that name, as the Midwest Benthological Society (1953-1975), where you will find summaries of and contact information for many recent as well as upcoming scientific meetings.


    Conferences Convening during 2013

    The 61st Annual Meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science(formerly, the North American Benthological Society (NABS)

    will convene 19-23 May 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Waterfront, in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
    Meeting theme: "Energy Production and Aquatic Biodiversity: Understanding the Threats, Planning for Ecosystem Management"

    > 26thAnnual Meeting of the Florida Association of Benthologists (FAB)

    will convene in early November 2013 at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve in Eastpoint, Florida, USA. Additional information will be posted here soon, but be sure to visit the Association's website, above.


    Conferences Convening during 2012

    > 60th Annual Meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science (formerly, the North American Benthological Society (NABS)

    convened 20-24 May 2012 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown in Louisivlle, Kentucky, USA.
    Meeting theme: "Freshwater Stewardship: Challenges and Solutions"


    Conferences Convening during 2011

    > 59th Annual Meeting of the North American Benthological Society (NABS)

    convened 22-26 May 2011 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
    Meeting theme: "Responding to the Global Water Crisis"


    Conferences Convening during 2010

    > 23rd Annual Meeting of the Florida Association of Benthologists (FAB)

    will convene 15-17 November 2010 at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary building in Tampa, Florida, USA. Please visit the FAB website, via the link, above, for more information about this upcoming meeting, a meeting registration form, and general information about FAB. You may also contact the president of FAB, Peggy Morgan, via email: president{AT}flbenthos.org

    > 58th Annual Meeting of the North American Benthological Society (NABS)

    convened 5-12 June 2010, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. This was a joint meeting with the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography.
    Please visit the website for this joint meeting of these two societies.


    Conferences Convened during 2009

    > 57th Annual Meeting of the North American Benthological Society (NABS)

    convened 17-22 May 2009, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.


    Conferences Convened during 2008

    > 56th Annual Meeting of the North American Benthological Society (NABS)

    convened 25-30 May 2008, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.


    Conferences Convened during 2007

    > 55th Annual Meeting of the North American Benthological Society (NABS)

    convened 3-8 June 2007, in Columbia, South Carolina, USA.


    Conferences Convened during 2006

    > 54th Annual Meeting of the North American Benthological Society (NABS)

    convened 4-9 June 2006, in Anchorage, Alaska, USA.


    Leaders For Hooking More Worms And Worm "Accessories"

    The World Wide Whirling Worm Web (WWWWW), by Dan L. Gustafson - A great site - Check it out!

    Whirling Disease Foundation

    Groundwater Fauna of Italy - Oligochaetes and Aphanoneura

    BIOSPEOLOGICA BIBLIOGRAPHIA

    World Bibliography on Subterranean Aphanoneura - Oligochaeta

    - co-authored by Bernard Lebreton and Narcisse Giani



    - AQUATIC OLIGOCHAETOLOGISTS OF THE WORLD -

    The primary objective of this web-based directory is to facilitate communication among systematists, ecologists, and field biologists who conduct research on freshwater, estuarine, marine, and terrestrial annelid worms - especially Oligochaeta. Institutional affiliation, postal, electronic mail, and world wide web site addresses, and telephone numbers presently are included. As soon as a searchable database can be implemented for the world wide web, a summary of the researcher's areas of ecological, geographical, taxonomic, and systematic interests and expertise will also be available. The database and directory, first established in 1982, presently includes over 340 scientists from 54 countries. During 1994, a revised questionnaire was distributed to previous respondents, to researchers expressing interest in this directory, to participants of past International Symposia on Aquatic Oligochaete Biology (ISAOB), and to authors of journal articles discussing one or more aspects of annelid biology. To date, the web-based list includes annelid biologists who participated in past international oligochaete symposia, and other practicing oligochaetologists. The 10th international symposium convened at the Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China, 16-26 October 2006; the 11th international symposium convened 5-12 October 2009 in Antalya/Alanya, Turkey; the 12th international symposium will convene in Fremantle (near Perth), Western Australia, 10-15 September 2012. More specific information on these and other pertinent events can be found above on this same website, under the headings ''Upcoming Annelida Conferences and Symposia'' or ''Recently Convened Annelida Conferences and Symposia.''

    > Please note: This directory, and the information contained therein, has been compiled for the exclusive, scientific, non-commercial use by researchers working in the field of annelid systematics and ecology. Please respect the professional and personal privacy of those listed in the directory.


    - BIBLIOGRAPHY OF AQUATIC ANNELIDA -

    Annual bibliographic contributions to Current and Selected Bibliographies on Benthic Biology, originally published (dates noted below) by the North American Benthological Society (NABS), are available by clicking anywhere on the underlined words, below. Please read the introductory paragraphs of each annual contribution for information regarding accuracy and key coding. Please note that, while these annual compilation focus primarily on the publications for the year in parentheses, other papers published both prior to and after that date (xxxx) are included [as well as citations that may have had typographical errors in previous postings via this website].

    The Hirudinida sections of the NABS 1996 - 2010 bibliographies, long authored by Dr. Donald J. Klemm (USEPA), and more recently co-authored by Klemm and Dr. Bill Moser (USNM-Smithsonian Institution) have also been included in many of the above electronic files for your convenience. Contributions to the Annelida sections of previous annual NABS bibliographies (years 1979 through 1991) are being prepared for posting here as time permits; in the mean time, current NABS members (only) should visit the NABS Bibliography Search (1959-1992) to access the NABS Bibliography Database.

    Future compilations for the annelid sections of the annual NABS Bibliography will likely be posted during September of each year. I encourage you to use this bibliographic material in your personal and non-commercial scientific research. Use of information presented in these bibliographic compilations shall acknowledge the North American Benthological Society, the Illinois Natural History Survey, and this World Wide Web site URL as the supporting agencies and source, respectively. I acknowledge the professional interaction with my esteemed colleagues working in the fields of annelid systematics and ecology, and benthic biology; in particular, I appreciate the continued support of this bibliography by the North American Benthological Society, and participants and organizers of the eight International Symposia on Aquatic Oligochaete Biology and the seven North American Oligochaete Conferences. I also acknowledge the assistance of past and present INHS librarians D. Dodds, D. Sublette, M. Lusk, C. Heister, E. Knight, E. Wohlgemuth, J. Jacoby, E. Day, J. Beverly, J. Phillips, A. FitzSimmons, and S. Braxton; the staff of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Library system (especially the past and present staff of the UIUC Biology, Map and Geography, Stacks, and Geology libraries); the staff of the Urbana and Champaign public libraries; research assistants M. Biyal, B. Kasprowicz, M. Lancaster, E. Lancaster, J. Jakubanis, T. Sudduth, T. Lynch, A. Appleton, and K.L. Moss; and the perennial support of D.W. Webb Chairman {1974-2010} NABS Literature Review Committee), W.U. Brigham (deceased), and other members of this committee); their collective efforts during the last 32 years have contributed significantly to the coverage and accuracy of the bibliographic compilations provided at the above URL sites. I also acknowledge the staff of Current Contents, Biosis, Agricultural Abstracts, Zoological Record, Fish & Fisheries Worldwide and Thompson Scientific (ISI Web of Science) for providing bibliographic services to institutions and the general public.

    Please send reprints of your publications to me if they refer in any way to aquatic Annelida. This will ensure an accurate database entry and citation for the next annual bibliography, and provide notification of your work to an international audience of aquatic biologists - through the North American Benthological Society and via this web site.

    You are also encouraged to visit the following web-based bibliographies managed by Bernard Lebreton -

    >> BIOSPEOLOGICA BIBLIOGRAPHIA

    >> World Bibliography on Subterranean Aphanoneura - Oligochaeta

    - co-authored by Bernard Lebreton and Narcisse Giani


    - LINKS TO OTHER AQUATIC RESOURCE WEB SITES



    Research Institutions and Related Web Sites in Illinois

    Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS)

    INHS Division of Biodiversity and Ecological Entomology
    INHS Biological Collections
    INHS Biospeleology homepage
    INHS Library
    INHS Publications
    Illinois Species Database
    Directory of the Illinois Systematists, Ecologists, and Field Biologists
    Illinois Department of Natural Resources
    Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS)
    Illinois Natural Resources NSDI Geospatial Data Clearinghouse Node
    GIS Data and Metadata about Illinois Natural Resources
    - a gateway to GIS data and imagery for Illinois geology,
    hydrology, natural history, conservation, environment,
    land use, Public Land Survey, and infrastructure.
    Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS)
    Illinois State Museum
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
    UIUC Library - Gateway System
    Illinois State Academy of Science (ISAS)
    The State of Illinois


    National and International Research Agencies, Institutions, Biological Stations, Organizations, and Societies

    American Heritage Rivers
    American Microscopical Society, Inc.
    Note: the journal, Transactions of the American Microscopical Society, is superseded by the journal, .
    The American Naturalist (Journal), including tables of contents; advice to authors; upcoming titles of articles; subscription, reprint, and copying information; and related links to journals of interest.
    American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)
    Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB)

    publisher of Southeastern Biology (formerly the ASB Bulletin)
    Association of Systematics Collections (ASC) -
    This organization is now known as the Natural Science Collections Alliance (see website, below)
    Australian Society for Limnology
    Biologische Station Lunz - Institut für Limnologie, Seehof, Austria.
    Discover Life In America, Inc.
    A not-for-profit organization administering the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory program (ATBI)
    in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP).
    Ecological Society of America
    Essig Museum of Entomology, Berkeley, California
    Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH), Chicago, IL USA
    Florida Association of Benthologists
    Humboldt Field Research Institute and Eagle Hill Foundation, Stueben, Maine
    Publisher of Northeastern Naturalist, the Southeasteran Naturalist, and host for
    professional natural history seminars and workshops on the Maine Coast
    Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique (IRScNB) - Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
    CNR-ISE - Istituto per lo Studio degli Econsistemi, previously, Istituto Italiano Di Idrobioogia
    National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)
    National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) - Smithsonian Institution
    National Park Service (NPS)
    Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSCA)
    formerly the Association of Systematics Collections
    Natur Historiska Riksmuseet - Swedish Museum of Natural History
    Nature Conservancy
    New York State Federation of Lake Associations, Inc. (NYSFOLA)
    North American Benthological Society (NABS)
    North American Lakes Management Society (NALMS)
    Oklahoma Biological Survey
    Oxford University Press
    including links to web sites listing journals, books, educational materials,
    catalogs, and information necessary for ordering their publications.
    River Watch Network
    Societas Internationalis Limnologiae - The International Society of Limnology (SIL)
    Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)
    Southwestern Association of Naturalists (SWAN), publisher of The Southwestern Naturalist
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
    U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
    USGS National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program
    Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


    Additional Web Sites for Aquatic Resource Information

    Anchihaline Caves and Cave Biology - This site includes species and cave descriptions, along with information on taxonomy, biogeography, ecology, evolution and conservation. Initially focusing on the Bahamas and Yucatan, information for other geographic regions will be added as time permits.

    BIOSIS
    Zoological Record
    NBS - National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII)
    Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)
    ASLO Hotlist for Oceanography, Limnology, and Atmospheric Science
    Groundwater Fauna
    Waterose Environmental originally, Alice T. Dossett's Aquatic Ecology Page
    University of Florida Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants and the Aquatic Plant Information Retrieval System (APIRS).


    ANNELIDAN APHORISMS: VERMES IN TIME

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    'Watch The Earthworm - Miss The Eclipse'.....Ancient Chinese Aphorism

    > More recently, Sir Isaac Newton embellished this Chinese aphorism to read

    'All my life I have felt as if I have been exploring a shore and looking at a few pretty shells here and there, while the whole ocean of truth lay undiscovered before me.'

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    'Vett du' la han till 'dar ude fans en professor, och han satt där och tittade i sitt mikroscåp i trettio år - på en mask. Te inga nytta.' .....translation, from an old Swedish aphorism: 'Do you know' he added, 'out there was a professor, and he sat there looking in his microscope for thirty years - at a worm. To no use.'

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    'I would not enter on my list of friends, (tho' grac'd with polish'd manners and fine sense yet wanting sensibility) the man who needlessly sets foot upon a worm.' -- William Cowper, The Task (1784)

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    He with a smile did then his words repeat;
    And said that, gathering leeches, far and wide
    He traveled; stirring thus about his feet
    The waters of the pools where they abide.
    "Once I could meet with them on every side;
    But they have dwindled long by slow decay;
    Yet still I persevere, and find them where I may."

    -- William Wordsworth, Resolution and Independence (1802)

    [written at Town-End, Grasmere; part of a conversation between Wordsworth
    and an old man he met a short distance from his cottage, while traveling across
    the old moors.
    ]

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    Oligochaete: Thou taxonomic pain!
    My mouth and mind and memory affirm,
    'Twoud be much less a stress upon the brain
    To designate you merely as a worm.
    But then again, perhaps it is untrue
    To brand you as too simple for your name.
    For possibly, the tests we put you through
    Just don't quite fit your undulating frame.
    Psychologists are on the highest ground
    When studying the ways of mice and men.
    But with invertebrates they're often found
    Quite ignorant of how they should begin.
    The object of my study is to try
    To help both man and worm see eye to eye.

    -- D.N. Howell (1973); published 1974, in Megadrilogica 1(10): 1.

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    'The study of polychaetes used to be a leisurely occupation, practised calmly and slowly.' -- Kristian Fauchald, The Polychaete Worms (1977)

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    'Not every bird is a nightingale, and not every oligochaete is Tubifex tubifex.' -- Dr. Tarmo Timm, Estonian Oligochaetologist, 22 August 1997, in Presque Isle, Maine, USA, at the 7th International Symposium on Aquatic Oligochaete Biology

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    'We [who study worms] all belong to a monophyletic family with dedication and friendship as our synapomophies.' -- Dr. Hongzhu Wang, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan Hubei, China - - personal observation of the warm and sincere interaction of all participants of the 8th International Symposium on Aquatic Oligochaeta, convened at the Universidad del País Vasco, Bilbao, Spain, 17-22 July 2000.

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    "RULES TO REMEMBER" (at least periodically)

    > "Forget about finding the One True Tree.
    > Trees reflect the quality of the characters and the character states and thus, the quality of the material examined.
    > Use polytomies to find out what to do next.
    > The final word about phylogeny or systematics will never be said.
    > Systematics and phylogeny are comparative in approach: systematics of a single organism makes no sense."

    -- Dr. Kristian Fauchald, September 2002, Osnabrück, Germany (during symposium entitled

    'Morphology, Molecules, Evolution and Phylogeny in Polychaeta and related Taxa')

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    'Every worm has an end.' -- Dr. Olav Giere (Universität Hamburg Zoologisches Institüt und Zoologisches Museum, Hamburg, Germany), - - reflections on retirement from oligochaete research, and in anticipation of renewed focus on meiofaunal studies; shared with a small group of participants at the 9th International Symposium on Aquatic Oligochaeta, convened at the Wageningse Berg, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 6-10 October 2003. [However, Dr. Giere continues his involvement with and contributions to the scientific community, for which we are most grateful].

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    'E-Mail Touch.' -- a common phrase initiated by Hajhun Wang, and used commonly during the planning of and then throughout the 10th International Symposium on Aquatic Oligochaeta, hosted by Drs. Hongzhu Wang, Christer Erséus, and Yanling Liang and convened at the Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China, 16-26 October 2006; the use and meaning of this phrase was two-fold: 1) in reference to the most common form of communication throughout the planning of this symposium - especially by Haijun Wang (the symposium planning secretary), and 2) stated while simultaneously tapping one's drink glass [on the table itself, or on the circular/rotating 'lazy susan' platform in the middle of dining tables] during group toasts at each meal during this symposium.

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    'Serefe!'-- a word in Turkish that means 'cheers', stated emphatically when toasting a person or situation with a drink -- especially the national drink, Raki. This term grew to have much greater meaning than as a simple toast -- becoming a statement of and wish for good health, success, peace, kindness, a bright future, and to recognize the countless enjoyable times shared between all of our colleagues participating in the 11th International Symposium on Aquatic Oligochaeta. This symposium was hosted by Drs. Naime Arslan, Özgür Emiroglu, and Tugrul Öntürk (Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Eskisehir - ESOGU) and Dr. Seray Yildiz (Ege University, Izmir) -- convened in Alanya, Turkiye, 4-12 October 2009. Our hosts, the undergraduate and graduate students (The Secretaria Committee: Seval Kökmen-Aras, Serdar Aksan, Melih Rüzgar, Cansev Akkan, Emrah Aci, and Deniz Kilinç), Drs. Ertunc Gündüz (Hacettepe University, Ankara), Timur Kirgiz (Trakya University, Edirne), Yalçin Sahin (ESOGU) and Rusen Ustaoglu (Ege University, Izmir) and so many others all worked very diligently to assure the success of this symposium. We also extend our appreciation to Professor Dr. Fazil Tekin, Rector of Eskisehir Osmangazi University, for his support and assistance over the last six years during the planning of this symposium. We shall always remember and remain indebted to our Turkish colleagues and to all the people of Turkiye for their warm hospitality and friendship, for openly sharing their wonderful culture and country with us with pride and dignity, and for making every moment of our stay comfortable and enjoyable. Tesekür ederim!


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