Over 50 Antarctic microbial datasets in mARS!

Earlier this month mARS reached a new milestone, when the 50thgeo-referenced and environmentally annotated microbial dataset was documented. Collectively, mARS now counts nearly 2000 samples that cover large parts of the Antarctic continent and the Southern Ocean. The registered datasets implement a wide variety of experimental methods, including culture collections, amplicon sequencing studies and environmental … Continue reading Over 50 Antarctic microbial datasets in mARS!

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New dataset: The Bryozoa collection of the Italian National Antarctic Museum, with an updated checklist from Terra Nova Bay, Ross Sea

Another data paper from the Italian National Antarctic Museum. Cecchetto M, Lombardi C, Canese S, Cocito S, Kuklinski P, Mazzoli C, Schiaparelli S (2019) The Bryozoa collection of the Italian National Antarctic Museum, with an updated checklist from Terra Nova Bay, Ross Sea. ZooKeys 812: 1-22. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.812.26964 You can read the paper here. Alcyonidium sp. colony (MNA 2733) … Continue reading New dataset: The Bryozoa collection of the Italian National Antarctic Museum, with an updated checklist from Terra Nova Bay, Ross Sea

METHANOBASE final meeting

In October 2018, mARS attended the final meeting of the METHANOBASE project (project website: http://maialenbarret.wixsite.com/methanobase). One of the aims of the METHANOBASE project (funded by ERANet-LAC) was to profile microbial communities using amplicon and metagenome sequencing techniques to investigate the relations between microbial diversity and methane emissions in Arctic, Subarctic and Subantarctic ecosystems. This generated a … Continue reading METHANOBASE final meeting

Job announcement ANTARCTIC BIOLOGICAL AND MICROBIAL DATA MANAGER (m/f/x)

The Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Science is looking for a master or Postdoc in molecular ecology for a contract of limited duration (October 2018-September 2019) who will join the Antarctic team of the Biodiversity and Ecosystems Data and Information Centre part of OD Nature. This team is in charge of the management of biodiversity … Continue reading Job announcement ANTARCTIC BIOLOGICAL AND MICROBIAL DATA MANAGER (m/f/x)

mARS Hands-on Training Workshop @ POLAR 2018

Sunday, 17 June 2018 Monday, 18 June 2018 9am – 5pm WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF Flüelastrasse 11 Davos Dorf room C157 If you are a polar (Antarctic or Arctic) microbial scientist who generates molecular sequence information from polar habitats, you might want to consider joining us for this training workshop. We … Continue reading mARS Hands-on Training Workshop @ POLAR 2018

OBIS GitHub libraries for data cleaning

Biodiversity data is messy. How to transform messy data into reusable data? We attended OBIS node training course November 2017 to learn about methods/tools available to clean biodiversity data in Darwin Core standard. The teaching materials are available online to everyone. Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) and World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) have put in a … Continue reading OBIS GitHub libraries for data cleaning

FEPS/OBIS/OTGA/SEF Training Course: Marine Species Distribution Modeling 12 – 16 March 2018, Oostende, Belgium

From Our colleagues at OceanTeacher 1512575907_OTGA course flyer_MSDM_March_2018We are pleased to inform you that the period for applications for the following Training Course is open between 6 December 2017 – 14 January 2017:  Marine Species Distribution Modeling We therefore invite you to share this information among potential interested candidates in your country and Region. All … Continue reading FEPS/OBIS/OTGA/SEF Training Course: Marine Species Distribution Modeling 12 – 16 March 2018, Oostende, Belgium