2017 International Choanoflagellate Workshop




We invite all members of the choanoflagellate research community and those interested in learning more about choanoflagellates to pre-register for the 2017 International Choanoflagellate Workshop. The goal of this meeting will be to build the choanoflagellate research community by fostering collaborations, disseminating new techniques and resources, and providing a forum for presenting cutting-edge research on choanoflagellate biology.

To defray the cost of attendance, we have received generous contributions from the Agouron Institute (http://agi.org/), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (https://www.moore.org/), and The Company of Biologists (http://www.biologists.com/).


The workshop will be held at the University of California, Berkeley beginning the evening of Wednesday, May 31 and finishing the afternoon of Saturday, June 3.

Tentative agenda:

Wednesday, May 31: 7 PM - 10 PM

Welcome Reception


Keynote Speaker


Thursday, June 1: 9 AM - 9 PM

Session 1: Choanoflagellates and the Evolution of Animals, Chair: Pawel Burkhardt, The Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, UK

Session 2: Genomics and Genetics of Choanoflagellates, Chair: Nicole King, HHMI/University of California, Berkeley, USA


  • Collection Techniques (using local sampling sites)
  • Establishing and Maintaining Choanoflagellate Cultures Part I
  • Molecular Genetic Tools for Choanoflagellates

Poster Session


Friday, June 2: 9 AM - 9 PM

Session 3: Physical Biology of Choanoflagellates, Chair: Mimi Koehl, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Session 4: The Ecology of Choanoflagellates, Chair: Frank Nitsche, University of Cologne, Germany 


  • Genomic Resources for Choanoflagellates
  • Imaging Choanoflagellates: Basic and Advanced Microscopy
  • Establishing and Maintaining Choanoflagellate Cultures Part II

Field Trip: UC Botanical Gardens


Saturday, June 3: 9 AM - 12 PM

Session 5: Interkingdom Interactions Between Choanoflagellates and Bacteria, Chair: Rosie Alegado, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

Session 6: The Future of Choanoflagellate Biology, Chairs: Ella Ireland and David Booth, University of California, Berkeley, USA



If you have any questions about the meeting, please don't hesitate to contact us at choanoflagellate@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you!


Ella Ireland and David Booth, co-organizers

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