funding agencies with permit from the National Park Tuscan Archipelago to access the Island of Pianosa
From 28 May to 07 June 2014 the Second International Field Workshop in the framework of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) "SYMBIOMICS - Molecular Ecology and Evolution of Bacterial Symbionts" took place at the HYDRA Field Station on the Island of Elba. Project leader Prof. Dr. Nicole Dubilier, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen/Germany had invited 16 of the most important experts in the field of chemoautotrophic marine symbioses, as well as 17 students and young scientists to Elba, to do research together, to discuss and to exchange knowledge and ideas.
(back row, from left to right) Freddy Cadera (HYDRA), Pete Girguis (Harvard University), Jessica Panzarino (Havard University), Manuel Liebeke (MPI Bremen), Dan Distel (Northeastern University), Reuben Shipway (Northeastern University), Chuck Fisher (Penn State University), Mike Hadfield (University of Hawai'i at Manoa), Mario Schimak (MPI Bremen),
(middle row, standing, from left) Nicole Dubilier (MPI Bremen), Margret McFall-Ngai (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Boris Unger (HYDRA), Miriam Weber (HYDRA), Jofi Fischer (HYDRA), Niko Leisch (Uni Vienna), Jörg Ott (Uni Vienna), Hannah Marchant (MPI Bremen), Christian Lott (HYDRA), Miriam Brandt (MPI Bremen), Julian Rau (HYDRA), Colleen Cavanaugh (Harvard University), Manuel Kleiner (MPI Bremen), Simon Niederbacher (HYDRA), Brandon Seah (MPI Bremen), Johanna Wiedling (HYDRA), Harald Gruber-Vodicka (MPI Bremen), Rich Dannenberg (Penn State University), Joey Pakes (Harvard University), Julia Kesting (Uni Vienna), Doro Makarow (HYDRA), Marie Wolff (HYDRA),
(middle row, sitting) Marcel Kuypers (MPI Bremen), Silvia Moriano Gutierrez (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Anne-Christin Kreutzmann (MPI Bremen), Florian Scharhauser (Uni Wien), Ned Ruby (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Oliver Jäckle (MPI Bremen), Nadine Lehnen (MPI Bremen),
(front) Kristina Stemmer (HYDRA), Monka Bright (Uni Wien), Jingchun Li (Harvard University), Rebecca Ansorge (MPI Bremen), Andie Chan (Penn State University), Juliane Wippler (MPI Bremen), Hanna Kuhfuß (HYDRA), Matze Schneider (HYDRA). Missing: Dirk de Beer (MPI Bremen).
The participants gathered in work groups with the following topics that were investigated in the laboratories and at study sites around Elba and its neighbouring island of Pianosa:
Biogeochemistry of the sediments at Sant‘ Andrea: sources and dynamics of H2/CO; H2/CO micro-gradients, nutrient distribution and possible sources of electron donors
Manuel Kleiner, Dirk de Beer, Chuck Fisher, Anne-Christin Kreutzmann, Manuel Liebeke, Pete Girguis, Marcel Kuypers, Hannah Marchant
Ecology - interaction with the environment 1: Biochemical characterisation of meiofauna of Sant‘Andrea; The role of different storage compounds in symbioses
Manuel Liebeke, Hannah Marchant, Marcel Kuypers, Harald Gruber-Vodicka, Manuel Kleiner, Andie Chan, Rich Dannenberg, Julia Kesting, Oliver Jäckle
Ecology - interaction with the environment 2: Migration of O. algarvensisin the presence of different compounds – incl. “cucumber smell“; Distribution of O. algarvensis and geochemical setting – "crest vs. trough"
Mario Schimak, Chuck Fisher, Niko Leisch, Manuel Liebeke, Juliane Wippler
Symbioses in marine environments 1: Where are and who has symbionts? Pre-PCR/FISH: Microscopic observation and characterisation of symbiotic and free-living bacteria
Colleen Cavanaugh, Jingchun Li, Joey Pakes,
Symbioses in marine environments 2: Bacterial symbionts of Trichoplax adhaerens
Mike Hadfield, Margret McFall-Ngai, Oliver Jäckle
Symbioses in marine environments 3: Bioluminescent bacteria: screening of environmental samples and cephalopods
Ned Ruby, Margaret McFall, Juliane Wippler, Miriam Brandt, Silvia Moriano Gutierrez, Rich Dannenberg
Symbioses & Physiology: Symbioses in wood-feeding (xylotroph) clams
Dan Distel, Reuben Shipway, Dirk de Beer, Peter Girguis, Anne-Christin Kreutzmann, Jessica Panzarino, Florian Scharhauser, Rebecca Ansorge
Molecular ecology in the field: disruption and re-establishment of the symbiosis of giant ciliates
Monika Bright, Brandon Seah
Meiofauna of Elba and Pianosa
More Information about the Marie Curie Initial Training Network "SYMBIOMICS - Molecular Ecology and Evolution of Bacterial Symbionts" and the program of the 2. International SYMBIOMICS Workshop on Elba you will find here.
For the whole duration of the workshop the weather and sea conditions were ideal for any snorkeling, diving and boating activities. Here Manuel K. is sampling sediment and porewater.