June 2015 BAH Course successfully completed
14 students attended this year's Marine Biological Course at the BAH. Most of the participants were university students from different disciplines. During the course they had ample opportunity to study the unique fauna and flora of the Helgoland rocky shore environment. They took part in a short cruise of our research vessel Uthörn and familiarized with the fascinating and very diverse plankton around Helgoland.
Our guest scientist Prof Marco Curini has spent a few days on Helgoland in July 2015 to study the meiofauna (particularly the Proseriata a group within the interstitial microtubullaria) in various habitats. Surprisingly he found a lot of 'regulars' indicating little spatio-temporal variability. Just as interesting however, was the large number of species recorded for the first time at Helgoland.
Rare Ciliate - Rediscovered at Helgoland
The ciliate Urceolaria korschelti living in the oral region of an intertidal chiton, was first described around Helgoland and not seen after (or possibly never looked for).In 2014 a BAH guest scientist from Canada investigated a number of chitons and indeed dicovered the ciliate. Samples were taken and investigated with molecular techniques.