Biodiversity & Taxonomy Workshop Series 3: Introduction to Tropical Bivalves

Biodiversity & Taxonomy Workshop Series 3:

Introduction to Tropical Bivalves


23 – 27 July, 2012


St John’s Island Marine Laboratory

Tropical Marine Science Institute

National University of Singapore



Dr Tan Koh Siang

Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore

Workshop Series organized by the Tropical Marine Science Institute and the Raffles Museum for Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore




The Bivalves include mussels, oysters, scallops and cockles. They are an important component in all tropical coastal ecosystems and form a significant source of food in the tropics. As the second largest group amongst the molluscs, its members are well represented in the tropical Indo-Pacific.


This week long course will provide a primer on the biology of bivalves in Southeast Asia. The course will focus on their identification, introduction to their taxonomy and morphology of major groups, as well as their roles in tropical ecosystems.




The goal of the biodiversity workshop series is to impart to participants the necessary skills and knowledge to begin to address the systematics and biology of tropical marine organisms. In this third workshop, we focus on the bivalves. The workshop offers hands-on laboratory sessions where participants will learn to prepare collected bivalve specimens for identification, including anatomical examination. Field trips will also be conducted during the course of the workshop to complement the laboratory work and to generate discussions on bivalve ecology and habitats.


The workshop program consists of:


  1. Skills training to enable participants to begin to identify bivalves. Course content will include notes with keys to major genera, introduction to taxonomy and biology of major groups of bivalves, as well as hands-on dissection, providing participants with practical skills in recognizing and using characters for identification.
  2. Lecture and practical sessions on ecology, with emphasis on biofouling and invasive species of bivalves.
  3. Basic skills training in writing and describing species will also be conducted for those interested in pursuing bivalve taxonomy.



The full workshop program consists of a five-day residential course covering lectures, laboratory work and field trips. Due to logistic constraints, a maximum of 15 places are offered for full-time residential participants. Priority will be given to postgraduate students and researchers conducting studies in bivalve biology or undertaking taxonomic and biodiversity studies of bivalves. Full-time participants are expected to attend the entire program, including all laboratory sessions. Full-time participants may also bring preserved bivalves from their research to work with during the hands-on sessions. Please contact the organizers if you plan to bring your own specimens to Singapore for the workshop.

For participants who wish to gain an overview of bivalve biology without technical training, we recommend non-residential part-time attendance. Part-time participants may only attend the lectures and observe some of the lab sessions. Part-time participants will may not attend field trips or take part in lab sessions. However, ample time will be given for Q&A after each lecture.


Workshop Instructor


Dr Tan Koh Siang is Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Marine Biology and Ecology Research group at the Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore. He has over 15 years experience working with the taxonomy and biology of tropical molluscs in Southeast Asia, and has published widely in international journals.


Registration, fees and payment


For full participants, the deadline for registration is 15 April 2012. If you are interested to attend the workshop as a full time residential participant, please write in to the Secretariat as soon as possible. We will send you an email by 2 May 2012 to confirm your place, and payment of registration fees should be made by 1 June 2012 to confirm your attendance. The organizers reserve the right to offer seats to another participant if no payment or formal confirmation has been received by the 1 June 2012. Payment method, logistics and what to bring will be sent to participants after attendance is confirmed. Registration fees for full participants cover lecture and bench fees, accommodation, meals, utilities, field trips and boat travel to/from St John’s Island. We regret that the maximum number of full participants we can accommodate is small, so please contact the organizers as early as possible!


For part-time participants, please contact the Secretariat to register. Payment for confirmation of participation must be made by 30 June 2012 to enable boat travel arrangements to be confirmed. Registration fees for day participants cover lecture and boat travel to/from St John’s island.




Overseas participants are expected to cover their own expenses for travel to Singapore and accommodation in Singapore prior to and after the workshop.


Accommodation, Meals


Full participants will be provided air-conditioned dormitory-style rooms for the period of the workshop (23rd night through 27th July 2012) at TMSI marine station on St John’s Island. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be catered for all participants during the workshop. If you have any dietary restrictions or health issues, please inform the Secretariat.




All participants are expected to obtain their own travel and personal accident insurance. The organizers are not liable for any mishaps during the workshop. Indemnity forms will be issued on confirmation of your registration.


Registration Fees: (SGD$ nett)


Full (Residential) Participants (non-NUS; ASEAN): S$400

Full (Residential) Participants (International): S$800

Part-time participants (non-NUS, non-residential): S$25 per half day session


Workshop Secretariat: Mr Heng Jiarui Tel: +65-98223849

Website & registration form:

This entry was posted in workshop. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s