We are delighted to invite you to participate in SyngBIO 2017, the third meeting of researchers and other professionals working to understand the unique biology of Syngnathid fishes (seahorses, pipefishes, pipehorses, and seadragons).  Syngbio 2017 will be held in lovely Tampa, Florida (USA), May 14-19, 2017, hosted by The University of Tampa and co-hosted by Project Seahorse at the University of British Columbia, Canada. The meeting theme this year is “Fantastical Fishes: Seahorses, Pipefishes and Seadragons into the Future”. Keynote, oral and poster presentations will be aimed to embrace several aspects of seahorse, pipefish and seadragon biology, including: physiology, phylogenetics, phylogeography, genomics, sexual selection and mating systems, behavior, syngnathid breeding programs and aquaculture, and conservation and management. Attendees typically include almost 200 scientists, educators, aquarium professionals, graduate/undergraduate students, and government officials dedicated to understanding and protecting the unique biology of seahorses, pipefishes and seadragons. See links below for more information on the following:

Preliminary Presentation Schedule

Registration and Payment

Invited Speakers

Sponsors and Partners

Organizing Committees

Scientific & Communication Committee

Heather Masonjones (Co-chair; Professor, The University of Tampa, USA)

Amanda Vincent (Co-chair; Professor of Marine Conservation and Director, Project Seahorse, The University of British Columbia, Canada) 

Ingrid Ahnesjö (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Paula Carlson (The Dallas World Aquarium, USA)

Shawn Garner (The Florida Aquarium)

Dave Harasti (Project Officer Marine, NSW Government, Australia)

Adam Jones (Texas A & M University, USA)

Nuno Monteiro (Universidade de Porto, Portugal)

Olivia Roth (Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR), Germany)

 

Steering Committee

Heather Masonjones (Chair; Biology Department, The University of Tampa)

Sarah Foster (Project Seahorse, The University of British Columbia)

Riley Pollom (Project Seahorse, The University of British Columbia)

José Pedro Andrade (Universidade de Algarve, Portugal)

Bridgette Froeschke/Lori McRae (Biology Department, The University of Tampa)

Nancy Pham-Ho (Vero Beach Marine Laboratory, Florida Institute of Technology)

Amy Slagoski (The Florida Aquarium, Tampa USA)

 

Funding Committee

Emily Rose (Chair, The University of Tampa, USA) 

Heather Masonjones (The University of Tampa, USA)

Scott Finestone (Project Seahorse, The University of British Columbia, Canada)

Lindsay Aylesworth (The University of British Columbia, Canada)

Shawn Garner (The Florida Aquarium, Tampa, USA)

 


 

Previous Meetings

Two Syngbio meetings have been held in the last 5 years - one in Portugal and one in Sweden.  

 
Solenostomus halimeda.  photo by brandi mueller

Solenostomus halimeda.  photo by brandi mueller

SyngBio 2011  was held in beautiful Fiskebäckskil, Sweden at the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Research.

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Hippocampus histrix. Photo by brandi mueller

Hippocampus histrix. Photo by brandi mueller

SyngBio 2013 was held in lovely Faro, Portugal at the University of the Algarve.


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