Welcome to the SAFIT Events Page, your portal to a world of taxonomic exploration and learning. This space is designed to keep you informed about upcoming workshops, presentations, and taxonomic updates within the freshwater invertebrate community.

Stay tuned for exciting opportunities to delve into the intricacies of aquatic taxonomy and connect with experts in the field.

Additionally, we encourage collaboration and welcome volunteers to contribute updates on various taxonomic groups. Have ideas or questions? Reach out to Robert Wisseman at Join us in celebrating the richness of freshwater invertebrate taxonomy!

Upcoming Events

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*Cost to Attend:
SAFIT Members: $300
Non-members: $400

*You must be an active member of SAFIT for 2019 at the time of registration to register for the workshop at the reduced fee.

Payment may be sent to the SAFIT treasurer:
Bill Isham, C/O Wood E&I,
9210 Sky Park Court, San Diego CA, 92123

Please make checks/money orders payable to “SAFIT” in US dollars.

You may also register online using PayPal

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. If you have any questions about this workshop, please contact John Pfeiffer at

Current students may apply to Dan Pickard, the SAFIT president for a scholarship to have the workshop fee waived.

Students and staff from UC-Davis may attend all or part of the workshop for free, but please notify Bob Wisseman that you will be doing so to make sure we have enough room.

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Past Events

October 23 – 24, 2019
Hosted by University of California-Davis

This workshop focused on the aquatic Hemiptera/Heteroptera and will be presented by Dan Polhemus, the Bishop Museum, Hawaii. 

October 20-21, 2018
Hosted by University of California-Davis

Tipuloidea with Gelhaus and Podeniene presented by Dr. Jon Gelhaus and Dr. Virginia Podeniene of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia.

October 21-22, 2017
Hosted by University of California-Davis

Presentation and distribution of a fully illustrated key and diagnostic atlas for the western North American Baetidae. Other taxonomic groups covered: Hirudinea, Gastropoda, Crustacea, Odonata, Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, Corydalidae, Trichoptera, & Elmidae.

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.

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).

Larval, Pupal and Adult Taxonomy, plus Distribution and Biology

June 18-20, 2010

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.