The Young Anthozoologists…

… are a group of young scientists working with anthozoans. This group was founded in 2003 and first met during the VII the Coelenterate Congress which took place in Lawrence, Kansas, in July 2003. Especially when studying the taxonomy of anthozoans, many of us were working quite isolated, often lacking colleagues to discuss with. Especially for the soft-bodied hexacorals (Actiniaria, Corallimorpharia, Zoanthidae and Ceriantharia) that have no hard structures such as skeleton or spicules, a founded identification requires a lot of experience. However, there are only a handful of experts left from whom we can learn and whom we can ask for advice. Most of them agreed to be mentors of this group. This website should be a platform to maintain and enhance the contact.

I am aware that this list is NOT complete, so please let me know if you notice any errors or if information is missing or has to be updated.

1. Taxonomy, morphology, biology, ecology, biogeography, evolution and phylogeny of…

Actiniaria

–         Dr. Ron Ates (Netherlands), field of work: Mediterranean and north East Atlantic Actiniaria, Corallimorpharia and Cerantharia, e-mail: REMOVEpseudocorynactis@zonnet.nl, REMOVEtacoates1@yahoo.com

–         Dr. Fabián Acuña (Argentina), Universidad de Mar del Plata, Argentina, e-mail: REMOVEfacuna@bart.mdp.edu.ar, field of work: biology and ecology of Argentinian sea anemones, website: http://labic.hypermart.net/Members%20of%20laboratoy.htm

–         Dr. Adorian Ardelean (Romania), University of Timisoara, Romania, e-mail: REMOVEmynature@gmail.com, field of work: systematics of Actinodendridae, Romanian sea anemones; sea anemone database; synonymy program, websites: My Nature: http://mynature.net, www.nhm.ku.edu/inverts

–         Dr. Marymegan Daly (USA), Ass. Professor, Ohio State University, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, 1512 Museum of Biological Diversity, 1315 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, OH 43210, USA, Phone: 614-247-8412, Fax: 614-247-8412, e-mail: REMOVEdaly.66@osu.edu, field of work: phylogeny and systematics of the family Edwardsiidae; revision of the genera Anthopleura and Bunodactis, molecular methods…, website: http://excelsior.biosci.ohio-state.edu/~eeob/drupal//?q=userpages/18

–         Dr. Adriana Excoffon (Argentina), Universidad de Mar del Plata, Argentina, e-mail: REMOVEexcoffon@mdp.edu.ar, field of work: biology of Argentinean sea anemones, website: http://labic.hypermart.net/Members%20of%20laboratoy.htm

–         Dr. Daphne Fautin (USA), Professor, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, field of work: sea anemone taxonomy, Hexacorallia database, e-mail: REMOVEfautin@ku.edu

–         Dr. Paula Braga Gomes (Brazil), Departamento de Zoologia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Av. Prof. Moraes Rego, 1235 Cidade Universitaria, 50670-901, Recife, PE, Brasil, field of work: systematics of Brasilean sea anemones, Brasilian and Argentinian Bunodosoma species, website: www.gpaufpe.cjb.net, e-mail: REMOVEbragagomes@hotmail.com

–         Luciana Gusmão (Brazil), PhD student, Ohio State University, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, 1512 Museum of Biological Diversity, 1315 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, OH 43210, USA, field of work: Taxonomy and evolution of sea anemones (Cnidaria: Actiniaria: Hormathiidae) symbiotic with hermit crabs, e-mail: REMOVElcgusmao@hotmail.com, REMOVEgusmao.1@osu.edu, website: www.gpaufpe.cjb.net

–         Dr. Vreni Häussermann (Germany), Fundación Huinay, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile, field of work: systematics, biology, ecology and biogeography of Chilean anthozoans, mainly sea anemones, including in vivo and in situ information, e-mail: REMOVEvreni_haeussermann@yahoo.de, website: http://www.people.freenet.de/haeussermann

–          Naoko Isomura (Japan), Ochanomizu University, Japan, field of work: Japanese Anthopleura species, e-mail: REMOVE iso@cc.ocha.ac.jp

–         Dr. Elena Kostina (Russia), Institute of Marine Biology of Russian Academy of Sciences in Vladivostok, Russia, field of work: biology of sea anemones, investigation of intertidal communities and Global Change studies, e-mail: REMOVEcnidopus@mail.primorye.ru

–          Daniel Lauretta (Argentina), PhD student, Universidad de Buenos Aires, field of work: taxonomy and reproductive biology of Argentinean sea anemones, e-mail: REMOVEdlauretta@gmail.com

–          Dr. Suzana Machado Pinto (Brazil), University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Br, e-mail: REMOVEsuzanamp@ib.usp.br, field of work: systematics and phylogeny of Brazilian Acontiaria sea anemones

–         Dr. Oscar Ocaña Vicente (Spain), Universidad de Ceuta, Spain, field of work: systematics and biology sea anemones and octocorals from the Mediterranean, the north Atlantic; sea anemones from New Zealand; Corallimorpharia, Savalia (zoanthid), e-mail: REMOVElebruni@telefonica.net

–         Dr. Estefanía Rodriguez (Spain), post doc, Ohio State University, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, 1512 Museum of Biological Diversity, 1315 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, OH 43210, USA, field of work: systematics and evolution of Actinostolid sea anemones (Cnidaria: Actiniaria: Actinostolidae), e-mail: REMOVEfani@us.es

–         Dr. Nadya Sanamyan, Kamtschatka, e-mail: , field of work: sea anemones of the North East Pacific

–         Dr. Wolfgang Schäfer, private professor, University of Erlangen, Germany, field of work: reproduction of Mediterranean sea anemones, e-mail: REMOVEpddrwschaefer@t-online.de

–         Dr. Erika Schlenz (Brasil), Professor, Depto de Zoología, Instituto de Biociencias, Universidade de Sao Paolo, Caixa Postal 11.461, Sao Paolo, Brazil, field of work: Brazilian sea anemones, e-mail: REMOVEeschlenzib.usp.br

–         Dr.Fayez Shoukr (Egypt), Professor,Zoology Department, Tanta University, Egypt, field of work: systematics and Biology of some anthozoans e.g. sea anemones from the Mediterranean, the Suez Canal, and  the Red Sea; e-mail: REMOVEshoukrfa@yahoo.co.uk, website: www.fayezshoukr.5u.com/

–         Dr. Jun-Im Song (Korea), Professor, Ewha Womans University, School of Life Sciences, Seoul, South Korea, field of work: Korean sea anemones, molecular methods, e-mail: jisong@ewha.ac.kr Professor, Ewha Womans University, School of Life Sciences, Seoul, South Korea, field of work: Korean sea anemones, molecular methods, e-mail: REMOVEjisong@ewha.ac.kr

–          Nina Stoletzki (Germany), PhD student, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, e-mail: REMOVEtstoletzki@aol.com, field of work: molecular studies on sea anemones (colour varieties)

–         Dr. Ray Williams (England), Norfolk, field of work: British sea anemones, Edwardsiids, e-mail: REMOVEray.coxitec@tesco.net, REMOVEray.williams@spcorp.com

–         Dr. Kensuke Yanagi (Japan), Associate Curator of Cnidaria, Coastal Branch of Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba, 123 Yoshio, Katsuura, Chiba 299-5242, JAPAN, e-mail: REMOVEyanagi@chiba-muse.or.jp, field of work: Systematics and reproductive biology of sea anemones (mainly Japanese species at the moment)

 

Corallimorpharia

–         Dr. Ron Ates (Netherlands), field of work: Mediterranean and north East Atlantic Actiniaria, Corallimorpharia and Cerantharia, e-mail: REMOVEpseudocorynactis@zonnet.nl, REMOVEtacoates1@yahoo.com

–         Ha-rim Cha (Korea), PhD student, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA, soon Scripps Institution, San Diego, e-mail: REMOVEharim@ku.edu, field of work: Korean sea anemones; family Corallimorpharia, website: www.nhm.ku.edu/inverts

–         Dr. Oscar Ocaña Vicente (Spain), Universidad de Ceuta, Spain, field of work: systematics and biology sea anemones and octocorals from the Mediterranean, the north Atlantic; sea anemones from New Zealand; Corallimorpharia, Gerardia (zoanthid), e-mail: REMOVElebruni@telefonica.net

 

Scleractinia (mainly azooxanthellate), hydrocorals

–          Marcos Barbeitos (USA), University of Buffalo, 109 Cooke Hall, Buffalo, New York, USA, field of work: evolution of morphology in corals, e-mail: REMOVEMSB6@acsu.buffalo.edu

–          Dr. Lydia Beuck (Germany), Italy, field of work: deep-water corals, e-mail: REMOVElydia.beuck@pal.uni-erlangen.de

–         Dr. Stephen Cairns (USA), Curator, Smithsonian Institution, P.O. Box 37012, NMNH, W-329, MRC-0163, Washington, DC, USA, field of work: azooxanthellate scleractinans, deep-sea gorgonians, e-mail: REMOVEcairnss@si.edu

–           Dr. Jan Helge Fossa (Norway), Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway, field of work: deep-water corals, e-mail: REMOVEjhf@imr.no

–         Dr. André Freiwald (Germany), Professor, Institute of Palaeontology, Loewenichstr.28, D-91054 Erlangen, Germany, field of work: ecology and conservation of deep-water corals and deep-water coral reefs (Madrepora and Lophelia), cold-water carbonates, e-mail: REMOVEandre.freiwald@pal.uni-erlangen.de

–         Dr. Hironobu Fukami (Japan), Kyoto University, Japan, field of work: coral evolution (with molecular methods), e-mail: REMOVEhfukami@kais.kyoto-u.ac.jp

–         Dr. Bert Hoeksema (Netherlands), Curator, National Museum of Natural History, Naturalis, P.O. Box 9517, Leiden, Netherlands, field of work: benthic biodiversity, corals, Fungiidae, e-mail: REMOVEhoeksema@naturalis.nnm.nl

–         Marcelo Visentini Kitahara, Brazil, field of work: deep-sea corals from Brazil; e-mail: REMOVE mvkitahara@yahoo.com.br

–         Dr. Alberto Lindner (Brazil), Brazil, e-mail: REMOVEal18@kuttner.acpub.duke.edu, field of work: molecular analysis of stylasterids (hydrocorals)

–          Elke Maier (Germany), PhD student, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany, e-mail: REMOVEmaier_elke@hotmail.com, field of work: population biology of Red Sea corals with molecular methods

–          Dr. Pal B. Mortensen (Norway), Bedford Institute of Marine Oceanography, Nova Scota, Canada, field of work: deep-water coral reefs, e-mail: REMOVEmortensenp@mar.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

–          Dr. Elizabeth Gerardo Neves (Brazil), University of São Paulo, e-mail: REMOVEegneves@ib.usp.br, field of work: morphologic and genetic variation among the population of the species of genus Siderastrea (Scleractinia) from Brazil including isoenzym analysis

–         Javier Reyes (Colombia), Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras, INVEMAR, Cerro de Punta Betin, Sociedad Portuaria, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia, Museo de Historia Natural Marina de Colombia, field of work: azooxanthellate corals, e-mail: REMOVEjreyes@invemar.org.co, http://web.invemar.org.co

–         Nadia Santodomingo (Colombia), Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras, INVEMAR, Cerro de Punta Betin, Sociedad Portuaria, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia, Museo de Historia Natural Marina de Colombia, field of work: azooxanthellate corals, e-mail: REMOVEnadiaks@invemar.org.co, website: http://web.invemar.org.co

–         Dr. John Veron (Australia), Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), PMB 3, Townsville, Queensland, AU, field of work: zooxanthellate corals of the world, e-mail: REMOVEj.veron@aims.gov.au

–         Dr. Helmut Zibrowius (Germany), Centre d’Oceanologie de Marseille, Station Marine d’Endoume, Rue Batterie des Lions, 13007 Marseille / France, TEL:   +33  (0) 491041624, FAX:   +33  (0) 491041635, field of work: taxonomy of Mediterranean and other azooxanthellate corals, e-mail : REMOVE hzibrowi@com.univ-mrs.fr, website: http://www.com.univ-mrs.fr

 

Ceriantharia, Zoanthidae and Antipatharia

–         Dr. Tina Moldotsova (Russia), Moskau, Russia, field of work: taxonomy of cerianthids and antipatharians, e-mail: taxonomy of cerianthids and antipatharians, e-mail: REMOVEtina@sio.rssi.ru, REMOVEtnmoldotsova@yahoo.com, REMOVEtina@ecosys.sio.rssi.ru

–         Dr. Dennis Opresko (USA), field of work: taxonomy of antipatharians, e-mail: REMOVEdmopresko@hotmail.com

–         Dr. Carlos Daniel Pérez (Brazil) , Universidad Federal de Pernambuco, UFPE, Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil, field of work: systematic and ecology of zoanthids, e-mail: REMOVEcdperez@ufpe.br, website: www.gpaufpe.cjb.net

–         Dr. John Ryland (UK), University of Whales, Swansea, School of Biological Sciences, Swansea, UK, field of work: taxonomy and biology of zoanthids, e-mail: REMOVEj.s.ryland@swansea.ac.uk

–          Frederic Sinniger (Switzerland), PhD student, Molecular Systematics Group, Department of Zoology and Animal Biology, University of Geneva – Sciences III, 30, Quai Ernest Ansermet, 1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland, field of work: molecular systematics of Zoanthidae, e-mail: REMOVEsinnige7@etu.unige.ch

–         Daniele Alves Vila Nova (Brazil), Universidad Federal de Pernambuco, UFPE, Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil, field of work: systematic and ecology of zoanthids

 

Octocorallia

–          Dr. Pedro Alcolado (Cuba), field of work: Octocorallia, e-mail: REMOVEalcolado@ama.cu

–          Dr. Phil Alderslade (England), Curator of Coelenterates at the Museum and Art Gallery of the
Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia, field of work: octocorals, e-mail: REMOVEPhil.Alderslade@nt.gov.au

–          Dr. Amy R. Baco-Taylor (USA), post-doc, Biology  Department, MS#33, Woods Hole, MA 02543, field of work: deep-water gorgonians, e-mail: REMOVEabaco@whoi.edu

–          Carolina Bastidas (Venezuela), Universidad Simón Bolívar, Depto. Biología de Organismos, Caracas, Venezuela, field of work: population dynamics of soft corals on coral reefs, e-mail: REMOVEcbastidas@usb.ve

–          Dr. Yehuda Benayahu (Israel), Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv 69978, Tel Aviv, Israel, field of work: octocorals, e-mail: REMOVEyehudab@tauex.tau.ac.il

–          Dr. Odalisca Breedy (Costa Rica), Ap. 1962-2100, San Jose, Guadalupe, COSTA RICA, e-mail: REMOVEodalisca@racsa.co.cr, field of work: taxonomy of Pacific octocorals (mainly gorgonians)

–         Dr. Stephen Cairns (USA), Curator, Smithsonian Institution, P.O. Box 37012, NMNH, W-329, MRC-0163, Washington, DC, USA, field of work: scleractinans, deep-sea gorgonians, e-mail: REMOVEcairnss@si.edu

–          Carlo Cerrano (Italy),  University of Genoa, Italy , field of work: octocorals, e-mail: REMOVEcerrano@dipteris.unige.it

–          Dr. Katharina Fabricius (Germany), Research Scientist, AIMS, Australia, field of work: octocorals, e-mail: REMOVEk.fabricius@aims.gov.au

–          Dr. Anita Mary George (India), Institute for Environmental Research and Social Education, e-mail: REMOVEsponge23in@yahoo.co.in; 14/C3, 1 Floor, Nesamony Nagar, Nagercoil 629001, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu, INDIA, field of work: Indian octocorals

–         Dr. Josep-Maria Gili (Spain), Professor, Institut de Ciències del Mar (CMIMA-CSIC), Passeig Maritím de la Barceloneta, 37-49, Barcelona, Spain, field of work: ecology of octocorals, suspension feeders, Mediterranean zoanthids, e-mail: REMOVEgili@cmima.csic.es

–         Dr. Manfred Grasshoff (Germany), Curator (retired), Senckenberg Institut Frankfurt, Germany, field of work: Mediterranean and other octocorals, evolution, e-mail: REMOVEmgrassho@sng.uni-frankfurt.de, REMOVEmgrassho@senckenberg.de?

–         Dr. Pablo_J. López-González (Spain), Professor, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain, e-mail: REMOVEpjlopez@us.es, field of work: systematics and biology of anthozoans (sea anemones, octocorals,..) from the Mediterranean, the north Atlantic and the Antarctic Sea

–          Asako K. Matsumoto (Japan), Japan Marine Science & Technology Center (JAMSTEC), Marine Ecosystem Research Department, 2-15 Natsushima-CHO, Yokosuka 237-0061, Japan, field of work: taxonomy and ecology of Japanese gorgonians, e-mail: REMOVEamatsu@sakura.email.ne.jp, REMOVEamatsu@jamstec.go.jp, REMOVEamatsu@gorgonian.jp

–         Dr. Catherine S. McFadden (USA), Harvey Mudd college, Department of Biology, 301 E. Twelfth Street, Claremont, CA 91711-5990, field of work: (molecular) systematics of octocorals, e-mail: REMOVECatherine_McFadden@hmc.edu

–         Dr. Leen van Ofwegen (Netherlands), Curator, National Museum of Natural History, Naturalis, P.O. Box 9517, Leiden, Netherlands, field of work: systematics of octocorals, e-mail: REMOVEofwegen@naturalis.nnm.nl

–         Dr. Götz B. Reinicke (Germany), c/o Deutsches Meeresmuseum, Museum für Meereskunde und Fischerei · Aquarium, Katharinenberg 14/20, 18439 Stralsundfield of work: octocorals, e-mail: REMOVEgoetz.reinicke@meeresmuseum.de

–         Dr. Carlos A. Sánchez Ortiz (Mexico), AIMS, Australia, field of work: molecular systematics of octocorals, e-mail: REMOVEc.sanchez@aims.gov.au

–         Dr. Juán Sanchez (Colombia), Director – Laboratorio de Biología Molecular Marina – BIOMMAR, Departamento de Ciencias Biologicas, Universidad de los Andes, Carrera 1E No 18A – 10 (J 409, J309 lab), P.O.Box 4976, Bogotá, COLOMBIA, field of work: (molecular) systematics of Paragorgiidae, Isididae and Primnoidae (gorgonians); e-mail: REMOVEjuansanc@uniandes.edu.co website: http://www.branchingnature.org/octo/octocorals.htm

–         Yosephine Tuti (Indonesia), PUSLITBANG OSEANOLOGI –LIPI, e-mail: REMOVEyos103@hotmail.com, JL Pasir Putih No. 1, Ancol Timur, Jakarta Utara 11048, Indonesia, field of work: Indonesian octocorals

–          Dr. Stephen Weinberg (Luxembourg), field of work: octocorals, e-mail: REMOVEsteven.weinberg@ci.educ.lu

–          Dr. Gary C. Williams, Curator, California Academy of Sciences, field of work: octocorals, e-mail: REMOVEgwilliams@calacademy.org, website: http://www.calacademy.org/research/izg/williams.htm

–          Herman H. Wirshing,  Nova International University, 8445 SW 54 St., Miami, FL 33143,  field of work: octocorals, e-mail: REMOVEwirshing@nova.edu

 

2. Development and Genetics

–         Pat Burton (USA), Boston University, REMOVEpburton@bu.edu, Research Interests: Hox genes, axial patterning and molecular development of cnidarians (Nematostella vectensis)

–          Dr. Paulyn Cartwright, University of Kansas, field of work: Cnidarian homoeoboxes and hox-genes, e-mail: REMOVEpcart@ku.edu

–         John Darling (USA), Boston University, REMOVEjdarling@bu.edu, Research Interests: 1. Using population genetics tools to draw inferences regarding the mechanisms behind the current distribution of Nematostella vectensis. 2. Examining the micro-evolution of cis-regulatory elements, attempting to bridge evolutionary developmental genetics with population genetics. 3. Understanding the relationship between research science, ecological ethics, and public conservation policy.

–          Dr. John Finnerty, Professor, Boston University, field of work: Evolution of development, developmental genetics,.., e-mail: REMOVEjrf3@bu.edu

–         Maureen Mazza (USA), Boston University, e-mail: REMOVE tmmazza@bu.edu, Research Interests: Genomic organization of the Hox cluster in Anthozoa, cis-regulation of axial patterning genes during embryogenesis, asexual reproduction and regeneration

–         Adam Reitzel (USA), University of Boston, Boston, MA, USA, e-mail: REMOVEreitzel@bu.edu, field of work: sexual and asexual development of Anthozoa

–         Joe Ryan (USA), Boston University, e-mail: REMOVEjfryan@bu.edu, Research Interests: Evolution of regulatory networks involved in morphological developmental processes using the model system Nematostella vectensis, website: http://cnidbase.bu.edu, www.nematostella.org

 

 

3. Other anthozoa-associated researchers

–         Dr. Valerie Cappola, field of work: phylogeny of hexacorals, taxonomy of sea anemones; e-mail: REMOVEvcappola@yahoo.com

–         Dr. Allen Collins (USA), Smithsonian Institution, P.O. Box 37012, NMNH, W-329, MRC-0163, Washington, DC, USA, field of work: phylogeny of Cnidaria and Placozoa, evolution of animal bodies, e-mail: REMOVECOLLINSA@si.edu, REMOVEagc@paleobio.org  

–          Günter Försterra (Germany), PhD student, Fundacion Huinay, Chile, field of work: ecology and taxonomy of Chilean anthozoans, e-mail: REMOVEgunter_forsterra@yahoo.com, website. http://www.people.freenet.de/foersterra/

–         Dr. Mimi Koehl (USA), University of California, Berkeley, USA, field of work: physical interaction of animals with their environments (e.g. sea anemones), e-mail: REMOVEcnidaria@socrates.berkeley.edu

–         John Ljubenkov (USA), Dancing Koyote Ranch, P.O. Box 781, Pauma Valley, CA 92061, field of work: invertebrate taxonomy and benthic reconnaissance for environmental surveys, Environmental taxonomist, Cnidaria, etc., Phone/Fax: (760) 742-2238

–          Dr. Gisele Muller-Parker (USA), Professor, Western Washington University, field of work: anthozoan-dinoflagellate associations, e-mail: REMOVEgisele@biol.wwu.edu

–          Dr. Vicky Pearse (USA), Professor, University of Santa Cruz, California, field of work: larval biology, sea anemones, e-mail: REMOVEvpearse@ucsc.edu

–          Dr. Bernard Picton (Northern Ireland), Curator of Marine Invertebrtates, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland, field of work: molluscs, sponges and cnidarians, website: http://www.pictonb.freeserve.co.uk/, e-mail: REMOVEbernard.picton.um@nics.gov.uk

–         Abby Reft (USA), PhD student, Ohio State University, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, field of work: cnidae, e-mail: REMOVEajreft@hotmail.com

–         Dr. Elaine Robson (England), retired, University of Reading, UK, field of work: physiology of sea anemones, e-mail: REMOVEe.a.robson@reading.ac.uk

–         Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty (Australia), School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney, Sydney Australia, field of work: anthozoan-dinoflagellate associations, e-mail: REMOVEmrl@ewha.ac.kr

–         Dr. Sandra Romano (USA), Division of Science and Mathematics, University of the Virgin Islands, 2 John Brewers Bay, St. Thomas 00802 USVI, field of work: Molecular systematics, evolutionary biology, coral reef biology, invertebrate zoology, e-mail: REMOVEsromano@uvi.edu

–          Dr. Bernd Schierwater (Germany), Professor, ITZ Ecology and Evolution, field of work: phylogeny of Cnidarians etc., e-mail: REMOVEbernd.schierwater@ecolevol.de

–          Dr. Michael Schleyer (South Africa), Oceanographic Research Institute, South Africa, field of work: ecology and biology of anthozoans, e-mail: REMOVEschleyer@ori.org.za

–          Dr. Ken Sebens (USA), Director, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, 620 University Road, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, USA, Tel:  206-543-1484, Fax: 206-543-1273, field of work: reproduction and ecology of sea anemones, identification keys for soft-bodied hexacorals of Maine, Email: REMOVEksebens@u.washington.edu, Website: http://depts.washington.edu/fhl/index.html

–         Dr. Dave Secord (USA), University of Washington, Tacoma Environmental Science Program 1900 Commerce Street, Box 358436 Tacoma, WA 98402-3100 USA, field of work: marine ecology (also of sea anemones), biological invasions, symbiosis, e-mail: REMOVEdave@u.washington.edu

–         Prof. Dr. Malcolm Shick (USA), Professor, School of Marine Sciences, maine, USA, field of work: reproduction and physiology of invertebrates (including sea anemones), e-mail: REMOVEshick@maine.edu

–         Dr. Antonio Sole-Cava (Brasil), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, field of work: molecular work with Anthozoa and other groups, cosmopolitan species, e-mail: REMOVEsole@biologia.ufrj.br

–         Dr. Jörg Wiedenmann (Germany), post-doc, University Ulm, field of work: molecular biology, fluorescent proteins, GFP colours, e-mail: REMOVEjoerg.wiedenmann@biologie.uni-ulm.de