25-29 Jun 2018 Roscoff (France)


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the 6th International Rhodolith Workshop, to be held June 25 – 29, 2018 in Roscoff and Brest (Brittany, France).

The 6th International Rhodolith Workshop is jointly organized by the Marine Station of Roscoff run by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC, Paris) and the European University Institute of the Sea (IUEM) of the University of Western Brittany (UBO, Brest).

Looking forward to meeting you in Brittany!

Sophie MARTIN & Jacques GRALL
Organizers of the Workshop


International Rhodolith Workshop

The International Rhodolith Workshop takes place every three years to share the latest research about Rhodolith. Rhodolith is a term largely used interchangeably to “maerl,” as free living non-geniculate red calcareous coralline algae, that accumulate on the sea bottom, forming large beds found at shallow to deep waters.

The meeting provides an opportunity to discuss current aspect of living and fossil rhodolith/maerl beds. Topics include taxonomy, ecology, management and conservation biology, genetics, geochemistry, evolution, palaeoecology, climate change studies and sediment dynamics.

This workshop follows

  • The first Biomaerl meeting at Cumbrae Isle (Scotland,United Kingdom) in 2000
  • The second International Rhodolith Workshop in La Paz (Baja California Sur, Mexico) in 2006
  • The third in Buzios (Brazil) in 2009
  • The fourth in Granada (Spain) in 2012
  • The fifth in San Jose (Costa Rica) in 2015


VI International Rhodolith Workshop

The VI International Rhodolith Workshop will take place over five days from June 25 to 29, 2018
at the Marine Station of Roscoff (Brittany, France).

An optional half-day visit of the National Herbarium at the French National Museum of Natural History
will be offered to the participants upon arrival in Paris (June 25 Afternoon).

The meeting will be held at conference center of the Marine Station of Roscoff for 3 days (June 26 to 28).

An optional one-day post-meeting field trip will be organized in the Bay of Brest (Brittany, France)
to discover a local rhodotlith bed (June 29).


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