Welcome to the community portal. During the 3rd Jellyfish Blooms conference in Mar del Plata, 14-16 July 2010, an initiative began to increase coordination of research across the community. The goal is to rapidly collect data to answer major questions about or involving jellyfish. Below is an incomplete shortlist of areas considered for priority initiatives. Please add additional initiatives or comment
Coordinate efforts among multiple labs to generate as complete phylogeny of jellyfish (Scyphozoa, Ctenophores, Hydromedusae and siphonophores) as possible. Needs:
specimens (as many species as possible) preserved in ethanol and formalin, priority list of target taxa; resample geographically and temporally to detect cryptic species, list of target loci: COI, 16S, 28S, 18S, CaM ...
Shortlist of environmental and biological variables to describe in as many populations as possible to answer questions of which jellyfish 'outbreak' in what circumstances. What causes outbreaks?
overfishing translocations (see Ecology #1) eutrophication habitat modification (coastal development) climate change
'#1 Regional labs sequence 3 specimens per species per location sent by ecologists working in field.
'Find and study polyps in the wild.
'Establish a scientific society to support the activities started by the jellyfish blooms conferences.
Link with existing networks in parasitology - http://parasite.org.au/arcnet/ Archive relevant literature (especially old literature).
'Dawson (UC Merced) for usa nsf phylogenetics / population genetics oriented proposals
'North America West, shallow-water, California & Baja California & western Mexico - Dawson, Gomez Daglio (UC Merced) for phylogenetics / population genetics / evolutionary ecology