resources for Scyphozoa - methods, photographs, tools, lessons
Goals: (1) support new international projects, (2) enable the diverse taxonomic sampling essential to success of the project, and (3) develop the robust global community essential for continuing rapid progress during and after the project.
How can you contribute to CnidToL, and what can CnidToL contribute to you? Answering this question is the main goal of this workshop. The key issue is to balance the benefit for all involved. It is important to recognize that this is not a 'zero-sum' endeavour - everybody can benefit from CnidToL.
Collaboration II: You to CnidToL
collection & whole specimen preservation, shipping
Collaboration III: CnidToL to You
Collaboration IV: The future
principal goal of CnidToL is to produce a robust family-level phylogeny
for Cnidaria. As such, it will provide a much-needed large-scale framework
for studying cnidarians. Many systematic studies below the family level
will remain to be done, as will many of the ecological and evolutionary
studies required for a full understanding of the modern diversity of
jellyfishes and other cnidarians. These integrative studies, such as
comparison of the evolution of genes involved in rhopalium or eye development
with the patterns of morphological variation among the rhopalia and
eyes of different species, are just a few of the studies that will be
enabled by the traditional taxonomic, tissue, and sequence collections
made by CnidToL.