• TONMOCON VII Announced | MBL at Woods Hole | Apr 6-8, 2018
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TONMOCON VII at MBL, April 6-8, 2018

It's Woodstock for Ceph Nerds!
Last Updated: 1/21/18

Welcome! We're very excited about our next cephalopod conference, TONMOCON VII at Marine Biological Laboratory — Biological Discovery in Woods Hole from April 6-8, 2018.

General info and past history can be found here: TONMOCON: The Biennial Cephalopod Conference

Threads / discussions here; questions welcome and let us know if you're coming!: TONMOCON & Ceph Conferences

TONMOCON VII *DRAFT* AGENDA (Pricing & Registration info below as well)


Arrival, Dinner, and 3-Hour Evening Social Mixer (beer & wine)

8:00am: doors open / take seats

8:15am: Introduction / TONMO Update - Tony Morelli (tonmo), Founder & Webmaster, TONMO.com

8:40am: "The Missing Ink: Innovations to Cuttlefish and Squid Husbandry" - Bret Grasse (Bret Grasse MBL), Manager of Cephalopod Operations at MBL

9:10am: Talk Title TBD - Chelsea Bennice (Octo Girl), Graduate Teaching Assistant at Florida Atlantic University

9:40am: "Managing and mitigating stress in Giant Pacific Octopuses (GPOs) during peak periods in public aquaria" - Brittany Stopp, Aquarist at Ripley's Aquarium in the Smokies

10:00am: "Cephalopod Water Quality and Life Support Design" - Barrett L. Christie, Director of Animal Husbandry at The Maritime Aquarium

10:30am: BREAK

10:40am: "Science Communication Successes" - Samantha Wishnak, Digital Media Coordinator at E/V Nautilus

11:00am: Talk Title TBD - Kristene Bonilla, Cephalopod program intern at MBL

11:15am: Exclusive pre-recorded video segment with Gabrielle Winters (Gabrielle Winters)

11:30am: "Using Modern, Innovative Methods to Save an Ancient Animal: Deep Sea Conservation of Nautiluses" - Dr. Greg Barord (gjbarord), Conservation Biologist, Save the Nautilus / Marine Biology Instructor, Central Campus


12:45pm: Talk Title TBD - Corie Grenwal, Cephalopod program intern at MBL

1:00pm: Talk Title TBD - Dr. Kavi Rangan, post-doctorate student at MBL

1:30pm: Talk Title TBD - Warren Carlyle IV (OctoNation), Founder of OctoNation

1:50pm: "Octopus Hatchlings Flash Red When Exposed to Ketamine" - Jonathan Miller (Jonathan Miller), Associate Professor, Computational Biology
Summary: Zdenek Lajbner, Reuven Pnini, Jessica Gordon, Courtney Timmons, Michael Kuba, Tamar Gutnick, Eric Edsinger, Jonathan Miller -- Several species of octopus hatchlings flash red chromatophores in vitro at an ambient background rate. Low concentrations of ketamine significantly and reversibly increase the frequency of red flashes, with insignificant mortality to the animals. These experiments suggest the potential suitability of cephalopod hatchlings for high-throughput screening of pharmaceuticals, in particular, neuroreceptor [ant]agonists, wherein conventional assays are expensive, awkward, and unreliable. It further opens the possibility that ketamine could decouple the mapping of visual field to optical cortex from the mapping (if any) of optical cortex to skin.

2:20pm: "Cephaloproblem Solving: An Anecdotal Guide to Navigating the Health and Welfare Needs of Giant Pacific Octopuses (GPOs)" - Sarah Sprague, M.Sc., Aquarist/Dive Safety Officer, SEA LIFE Michigan

2:50pm: BREAK

3:00pm: "Cephalopods Are The New Dinosaurs" - Dr. Danna Staaf (Danna), author, Squid Empire
Summary: 500 million years ago in the Cambrian Period, when nearly all animals were benthic, cephalopods became some of the first creatures to rise from the seafloor and enter the pelagic realm.Their buoyant shells allowed them to grow into Earth's first truly substantial animals, like 3.5-meter-long Endoceras giganteum. Subsequent evolution gave rise to the ammonoids, a lineage so abundant and diverse that it practically defines the concept of “index fossil.” And yet, despite their inherent fascination, for many centuries ancient shelled cephalopods have remained frustratingly enigmatic. Without fossilized soft parts, it has been extremely difficult to reconstruct the animals, their habits, and their habitats. However, in recent years technological advances and renewed research interest have led to an explosion of discoveries about extinct cephalopods. Computed X-ray tomography now allows scientists to peer inside fossils, revealing stomach contents and even nerve fibers! Laboratories have begun to utilize 3D scanners and 3D printers to finally test long-standing hypotheses about ammonoid shell shape. Decay experiments have solved the conundrum of how modern squid evolved themselves out of the fossil record, by abandoning the chambered shell in favor of ammonia for buoyancy. As these and many other lines of research gain momentum, we could find ourselves on the cusp of an “ancient cephalopod renaissance” echoing the 1970s “dinosaur renaissance.”

3:40pm: Talk Title TBD - Taylor Sakmar, Cephalopod Culture Specialist at MBL

4:00pm: Talk Title TBD - Sarah McAnulty (Sarah McAnulty)

4:30pm: "Cephalopod Behaviour" - Dr. Roger Hanlon, Senior Scientist at MBL
Summary: The 2nd edition of this book (2017, Cambridge University Press; with coauthor John Messenger) summarizes the wealth of exciting new research data stemming from over 500 papers published since the 1st volume appeared in 1996. It adopts a comparative approach to causation, function, development and evolution as it explores cephalopod behavior in natural habitats and the laboratory. Each of the 11 chapters will be explained and illustrated in this presentation. Extensive color and black-and-white photography and video illustrate various aspects of cephalopod behavior to complement the scientific analyses. Covering the major octopus, squid and cuttlefish species, as well as the shelled Nautilus, this is an essential resource for undergraduate and advanced students of animal behavior, as well as researchers new to cephalopods, in fields such as neuroscience and conservation biology. By highlighting the gaps in current knowledge, the text looks to inform and to stimulate future study of these beautiful animals.

5:15pm: Door Prizes & Wrap-up - Tony Morelli (tonmo), Founder & Webmaster, TONMO.com

5:30pm: BREAK FOR DINNER & 3-HOUR SOCIAL MIXER (beer & wine), plus vendor tables

8:00am: doors open / take seats

8:15am: TONMO Monty Awards, Door Prizes - Tony Morelli (tonmo), Founder & Webmaster, TONMO.com

8:30am: Exclusive pre-recorded video segment with Peter Godfrey-Smith (pgs)

8:45am: Talk Title TBD - Dr. Carrie Albertin, Hibbitt Fellow at MBL

9:30am: Talk Title TBD - Gabby Armstrong, Cephalopod program intern at MBL

9:45am: Euroceph: What has the change in legislation meant for the european cephalopod community?" - Dr. Kerry Perkins, Octopus Work Group SEA LIFE, COST action FA1301 workgroup leader

10:15am: BREAK

10:45am: Talk Title TBD - Emma Galeucia, Cephalopod program intern at MBL

11:00am: [OPEN - (held)]

11:30am: "Don't believe everything you read: the cephalopod genome is not an open book." - Dr. Josh Rosenthal, Senior Scientist at MBL


12:45pm: Talk Title TBD - Dr. Leila Deravi, from Northeastern University

1:15pm: Talk Title TBD - Owen Nichols, Director of Marine Fisheries Research for the Center of Coastal Studies

1:45am: [OPEN]

2:15pm: Talk & Tour! - Eric Edsinger
Title: Octocams: A simple scalable system for short-term to lifecycle monitoring of behavior in aquaria

Pricing & Registration:

MBL provides dormatory-style housing and a full meal plan, so that all your needs are addressed. Please review the registration options below, and then click through to the Registration site to sign up. Can't wait to see you there!

1) Event Housing, Meals Registration- Single Room - $630.00 US: this is what you choose if you're attending alone, with access to all the lunch, dinner and social items listed above, including breakfast on Saturday and Sunday (before events) and coffee breaks.

2) Event Housing, Meals Registration- Double (shared) Room - $510.00 US: same as above, but the room is shared... There are two beds available in this room. You can register yourself here, and you will be paired up with another person. Or, you can register for yourself and another person, as I did for my wife and I.

3) Registration for Meals - No MBL Housing - $390.00 US: this is for access to all presentations, social events and all meals (as described in item 1), but you're not staying at MBL.

4) ID Only Registration - No Meals or Housing - $250.00 US: limited access as described! No access to meals or socials. You have access to the Saturday and Sunday events.

  • Registration link: TONMOCON VII Registration

    Registration closes in mid-March.

    Let Facebook know you are interested, or going: xtcon7 Event Page

    Here is the thread to use if you'd like to coordinate travel & stay with other TONMOers: TONMOCON VII Transportation

    Here is our general announcement thread: TONMOCON VII Announced

    Please use #tcon7 in social media mentions. #tcon7

    Questions? Email me or just private message me here on TONMO.

    --Tony Morelli, Founder, Webmaster, TONMO.com

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