Benthic Invertebrate Taxonomy, Metagenomics, and Bioinformatics (BITMaB) Workshop



Dear Colleagues,


I’m passing along an exciting training opportunity – myself and collaborators are running a Benthic Invertebrate Taxonomy, Metagenomics, and Bioinformatics (BITMaB) Workshop from January 9-13, 2016 in Corpus Christi, Texas. We have substantial travel funding available to support workshop participation, so please consider applying if interested.


Workshop description and application form can be found here (Google Doc with link to Google Form):


Application deadline is THIS FRIDAY, November 18, 2016


Purpose: The BITMaB workshop is designed to train students and researchers in cutting-edge benthic ecology research, including sample preparation, taxonomy of common benthic meiofauna and macrofauna taxa of the Gulf of Mexico, metagenomics, and bioinformatics. Scientists at any career stage and geographic location are encouraged to apply, particularly those in need of bioinformatics training. 


The two main objectives of the workshop are to:


  1. Isolate meio-and macrofaunal specimens from which we will generate draft genomes in support of the development of the eukaryotic genome reference databases.


  1. Provide training in core bioinformatics analysis (Unix command line, Python, QIIME, genome assembly, and data visualization tools). These skills are critical to the effective use of genomic data for analyzing community structure and function



Holly Bik

Assistant Professor

Department of Nematology

University of California, Riverside

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