Upcoming Events

Mites at the Beach

May 18-19, 2016

Mites at the Beach

A Workshop on the Taxonomy of Western Aquatic Mites

Hosted by

CSULB Stream Ecology and Assessment Laboratory
California State University, Long Beach
Hall of Science Room 105


The Southwestern Association of Freshwater Invertebrate Taxonomists (SAFIT) is sponsoring a two-day workshop providing comprehensive instruction on the taxonomy, identification, and natural history of western aquatic mites. The course instructor is:

Dr. Heather Proctor, Professor of Biology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Dr. Proctors’ main research includes the ecology, evolution, systematics and behavior of mites (Arachnida: Acari). Within this fascinating and diverse subclass there are three groups in which she is most interested: aquatic mites, soil mites, and feather mites. Her theoretical research areas include the community ecology of freshwater and soil invertebrates, determinants of biodiversity, co-evolution of hosts and symbionts, and both macro- and microevolutionary aspects of sexual selection.

Attendees will receive a compete introduction to the biology and taxonomy of the aquatic Acari of western North America as well as training in the proper preparation of specimens for study. Attendees will also receive identification manuals and supporting materials prepared by the instructor for this workshop, including new keys and figures.

Additionally, feel free to bring problematic specimens from any freshwater invertebrate group as there will be many specialists attending the workshop who would be willing to assist on identification.

The workshop will be held on the California State University campus in Long Beach in the new Hall of Science building. Special thanks to Dr. Dessie Underwood, the CSULB Stream Ecology and Assessment Laboratory (CSULB-SEAL), and CSULB Department of Biological Sciences for hosting this SAFIT event. Also, special thanks to SWAMP and SWRCB for their funding support.


California State University, Long Beach
Hall of Science Room 105
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840

Cost to Attend*:

SAFIT Members: $300
Non-members: $400

*You must be an active member of SAFIT for 2016 at the time of registration to register for the workshop at the reduced fee.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Wendy Willis wendy@aquabio.org

We have room for 50 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 April 29th, 2016. You may register online using PayPal (preferred method) or by sending your registration form and payment to:

Wendy Willis
Aquatic Bioassay and Consulting
Laboratories, Inc.
29 North Olive Street
Ventura, CA 93001

Please make checks payable to “SAFIT” in US dollars

If you have any questions about this workshop please contact Wendy Willis at wendy@aquabio.org.

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: wendy@aquabio.org). 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 April 22, 2016 and will be reviewed by a committee of SAFIT members. Awardees will be notified by April 29, 2016.

Travel and Lodging

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), is a short distance from the Long Beach Airport (LGB), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and Orange County Airport (SNA). For those of you traveling from Seattle, Portland, Oakland, or Sacramento, JetBlue offers direct flights to the Long Beach airport, which is only a ten minute drive to campus. Those who are traveling from other locations, the Los Angeles International Airport or Orange County Airport will be the next closest at only a 25 or so minute drive. The Orange County Airport is smaller and far easier to get in and out of than the Los Angeles International Airport, especially in regards to traffic, but also tends cost slightly more.

We have also made arrangements for discount lodging at The Pacific Inn in Seal Beach for $139.90/night (not incl. taxes). This hotel has been fairly recently remodeled and is only a five minute drive to campus, for those renting a car. The Pacific Inn has also been kind enough to offer us complimentary shuttle service to and from campus as well as to and from the Long Beach airport. This hotel is located only a few blocks from the beach as well as downtown Seal Beach, which has many shops, pubs and restaurants for your pleasure. We have blocked several rooms for May 17th-20th, 2016 for those who wish to stay at this hotel. For those not staying during the entirety of those dates, the hotel will make adjustments when you make your reservations. Please contact The Pacific Inn directly at (866) 466-0300 to make reservations and mention that you are with SAFIT. These rooms will only be available to us at the discounted rate until April 15th, 2016 at 5 pm, so please make your reservations early. Also, please note that CSULB is having commencement that week, so this hotel will fill up rather quickly. I STRONGLY suggest that you make hotel reservations well before the April deadline. For those traveling together, I would also suggest sharing a double room so that everyone can secure a room. If you are interested in checking out the accommodations, please visit their website


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