A New Direction
The Chironomid Home Page has a new home and look. The webmaster thanks the UMMZ-Insect Division for hosting the website for 10 years, but as the hosting server will be decommissioned, a new place was needed for storing the website files. This presents new costs, but also new opportunities to improve the website and invite more participation. Please contact the webmaster on how YOU can contribute and make an impact on our research!
Below are links to events and meetings, newsletters, important publications, research web sites and other recent items of interest to the Chironomid community over the last year. If you know of something that would interest the chironomid researcher, please let the webmaster know about it so that it can be included.
- John Epler has written a new guide for the larval Tanytarsini (Chironominae) of Florida, which updates portions of his 2001 manual for Southeastern (USA) Chironomidae larvae. Better yet, it's free! An alternate download site is throught the Florida DEP. (added June 2014)
- Paddy Ashe announces that the second volumne of World Catalogue of Chironomidae has been published and is available for purchase. Details on obtaining this work is in the book section. (added November 2013)
- Martin Spies announces that the webpages of the ZSM Diptera section have just been updated with a current list of our holdings of named species and type specimens in Chironomidae. (added September 2013)
- It has arrived! Trond Andersen, Paddy Ashe, Pete Cranston, Torbjørn Ekrem, John Epler and the late Ole Sæther are the authors of the revised "The New Keys to the Holarctic Chironomidae Larvae." This is a completely revised guide to the identification, ecology and distribution of the larval Chironomidae of the Holarctic Region (North America and Europe through to Japan and the Far East); it replaces the classic 30 year old Holarctic Keys for midge larvae edited by T. Wiederholm. Previous diagnoses and figures for all taxa are revised and the keys are improved. Newly described and recently associated larvae in described genera are incorporated into the work. Relevant taxa and records from outside the region are also included to make the guide of wider geographic value. Price is US$ 112: send orders to SEB, P.O. Box 97, S-221 00, Lund, Sweden Swift Code: ESSESESS, Iban: SE 66 5000 0000 0567 5100 4737. Or, if you visit the Entomologica scandinavica Supplements Website, you can avoid banking charges. This will be an indespensible addition to your library that will not sit and collect dust. Errata can be followed at the Exchange Forum (above menu) (added August 2013)
- As a reminder to the community, with regards to the above book announcement, Martin Spies and Ethan Bright created the Chironomidae Exchange Forum as a way to produce supplementary - and facilitate rapid updating - of information on widely used standard references on the Chironomidae. It's still up and running. (added August 2013)
- Michael Bolton has recently updated the Ohio Chironomidae checklist and larval key, available at the Ohio EPA website. (added April 2013)
- Marion Kotrba announces the 8th International Congress of Dipterology to be held in Potsdam, Germany, from 10-15 August 2014. (added April 2013)
- Len Ferrington announces a redesign of their group's website "Chironomidae Research Group" at the University of Minnesota. (added January 2013)
- Pre-2013 announcements, broken links removed
The past two years our community has lost a number of influencial researchers whose works have greatly influenced our knowledge. Here we acknowledge our colleagues:
Dietrich Neumann (1931-2012) - Martin Spies: "Much of Neumann's work, in early years including studies with Karl Strenzke, was in chronobiology and morphogenetics, with a major focus on the ecology, physiology, phenology and separation of Clunio populations in the marine intertidal. Later on he was very active also in the limnology, ecology and protection of river floodplains and their biota. Academically, Neumann served as teacher and advisor to many students, e.g. during his tenure (1967-1997) as professor of zoology and physiological ecology at the University of Cologne, Germany. An obituary in German by A. Kureck has been published in Zoologie / Mitteil. Dt. Zool. Ges. 2013: 67-72. A PDF version of this paper will soon be available (also includes another paper in memory of Prof. E.J. Fittkau (Diller & Hausmann, p. 53-56))."
William P. ("Bill") Coffman (1942-2013) - Carlos de la Rosa: "It is with sadness that I share that Dr. William P. Coffman passed away on Friday, 25 of January 2013...An Entomologist, Bill was a biology Professor for 43 years at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was the foremost expert on Chironomidae. His work lives-on today as his collection is now housed at the La Selva Biological Station of the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica. Additionally, Bill was an avid stamp collector, a WWII history enthusiast, as well as truly enjoying classical music, especially Lieder." Dr. de la Rosa has provided an update (click on Bill's name) with a rememberance and information about Dr. Coffman's midge collection at the University of Pittsburgh.
Ole A. Sæther (1936-2013)
James E. ("Jim") Sublette (1928-2012)
Ernst Josef ("Sepp") Fittkau (1927-2012) - Martin Spies: "With deepest sadness I have to inform you that Prof. Ernst Josef Fittkau has passed away, just a couple of months shy of his 85th birthday...Sepp has made himself immortal not only through lasting scientific contributions, but also with the unassuming, warm-hearted and optimistic manner in which he brought people together to share and develop enthusiasm for systematics, the ecology and protection of diverse biota, and more ..."
Nikolai Zelentsov (1941-2012) - Evgeniy Makarchenko - "He was one of the best Orthocladiinae taxonomists of Russia...I plan with some Russian colleagues to publish notice in EEJ in Russian after receiving main information and good photo from N. Zelentsov's Institute [Institute of Biology of Inland Waters in Borok]. I was his friend and know well about his work and papers but I have not his CV. After that maybe we will publish in English in [the] Chironomus [newsletter]