Upcoming Events

SAFIT 2017 Workshop

October 21-22, 2017

SAFIT Workshop 2017

Taxonomic Workshop

University of California-Davis

Bohart Museum, Briggs Hall, Room 122


SAFIT will hold the 2017 taxonomic workshop at Briggs Hall, Bohart Museum, UC Davis on the weekend of October 21st - 22nd, 2017, prior to the SAFIT annual board meeting on October 23rd at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area near Davis, and the 24th annual California Aquatic Bioassessment Workgroup (CABW) meetings at the ARC on the UC Davis campus on October 24th - 25th.

Anchoring the workshop will be Jeff Webb of Rhithron Associates presentation and distribution of a fully illustrated key and diagnostic atlas for the western North American Baetidae.

Updates and recent literature on a variety of other taxonomic groups in the works are:

Hirudinea: John Pfeiffer of EcoAnalysts
Gastropoda: John Pfeiffer of EcoAnalysts
Crustacea: Matt Hill of EcoAnalysts
Odonata: TBA
Ephemeroptera: Jeff Webb of Rhithron Associates
Plecoptera: Jon Lee of Jon Lee Consulting
Corydalidae: Matt Cover of California State-Stanislaus
Trichoptera: Robert Wisseman of Aquatic Biology Associates, Inc.
Elmidae: Sean Sullivan of Rhithron Associates and Bill Shepard (retired)

Folks are encouraged to volunteer to provide updates on other taxonomic groups. Please contact Robert Wisseman bob@aquaticbio.com with your ideas.

Cost to Attend*:

SAFIT Members: $300
Non-members: $400

*You must be an active member of SAFIT for 2017 at the time of registration to register for the workshop at the reduced fee.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Wendy Willis weninoc@flash.net

We have room for 40 participants in this workshop and these seats will be filled on a first come first serve basis. We will accept participants up to the day of the workshop or until all seats are filled. To ensure your place in this workshop, please send registration payments by September 30th, 2017. You may register online using PayPal (preferred method) or by sending your registration form and payment to:

Wendy Willis
700 Festivo Street
Oxnard, CA 930301

Please make checks payable to “SAFIT” in US dollars

If you have any questions about this workshop please contact Wendy Willis at weninoc@flash.net.

Special Information for Students:

SAFIT has a policy of supporting students in the field of freshwater invertebrate taxonomy. Therefore, SAFIT has reserved up to five seats for currently enrolled full time students whose research includes aquatic Coleoptera or related invertebrates. Registration fees (normally $300 for members and $400 for non-members) for these students will be entirely waived, in exchange for assistance in the setup before and the cleanup following the workshop.

If you are interested in attending this workshop at no cost, please submit a short statement (no more than 500 words) to the SAFIT Secretary (Wendy Willis: weninoc@flash.net). The statement should include the following:

  1. Indicate the name of your school, expected year of completion, and the name of your major advisor.
  2. Explain how this workshop relates to your current research interests and/or your future career goals. Although a formal prospectus is not necessary, please provide details about your research questions and hypotheses that you intend to explore.
Statements are due by Spetember 23rd, 2017 and will be reviewed by a committee of SAFIT members. Awardees will be notified by September 30th, 2017.

Past Events
Beetlemania 2

Beetlemania II

August 19-21, 2015
Hosted by The National Aquatic Monitoring Center
Utah State University Logan, UT

instruction on the taxonomy, identification, and natural history of western North American aquatic Coleoptera (beetles), with an emphasis on Hydrophiloidea, Hydraenidae, and Noteridae.

Taxonomy of Western North America Mayfly Nymphs

January 3-4, 2013
Hosted by CSULB Stream Ecology and Assessment Laboratory
California State University, Long Beach

Workshop provided comprehensive instruction on the taxonomy, identification, and natural history of western North American Ephemeroptera (mayflies).

tricop workshop

Trichoptera of Western North America

Larval, Pupal and Adult Taxonomy, plus Distribution and Biology

Mollusk ID Workshop

Mollusk Workshop

Aquatic Diptera Workshop

June 18-20, 2010

Chironomid Larval and Pupal Taxonomy

Sept 9-11, 2009


The purpose of Bugfest is for folks to bring in their problem specimens or difficult taxa for others to help with the identification. This will enable us to identify things together and make certain that we are all seeing the same characters. This not only will foster collaboration but will help us strengthen each other and SAFIT as a group.