Geographically- or taxon-specific campaigns aim to facilitate the completion of the taxon list backbone and provide data for comparison with other genotypes. Researchers are encouraged to participate for their taxon or region of experience.
If you are interested in participating in such a geographically- or taxon- specific campaign (also in the ones below) please contact
or navigate to our get involved site.
Some currently proposed campaigns include:
LATASBI - The Lake Tanganyika Sponge Barcoding Initiative: Ellinor Michel, Jonathan Todd, Nicole de Voogd, Tina Weier, Gert Wörheide, Dirk Erpenbeck. More information on its separate website soon.
Indo-Pacific marine lake and mangrove sponges: Lisa Becking & Nicole de Voogd (NCB-Naturalis, The Netherlands)
Queensland Museum sponge collection: Joint project of the Queensland Museum Biodiversity Program (Brisbane Australia), the Bavarian State Collection for Zoology, the GeoBio-CenterLMU and the Molecular Geo- & Palaeobiology Lab of the LMU Munich with funding of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Florida Keys (Reefs & Mangroves): Sandra Duran, Klaus Rützler & Valerie Paul
Belize (Reefs & Mangroves): Sandra Duran, Klaus Rützler & Valerie Paul
Bahamas (Reefs): Sandra Duran, Klaus Rützler & Valerie Paul
Indian River Lagoon (Florida): Sandra Duran, Klaus Rützler & Valerie Paul
Keratose sponges: Dirk Erpenbeck, Bob Thacker
Hexactinellid sponges: Martin Dohrmann & Gert Wörheide
Haplosclerid sponges and sponges from the British Isles: Grace McCormack
Caribbean sponges at Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Panama: Bob Thacker, Cristina Diaz, Rachel Collin & Lee Weigt
Invasive species in the Mediterranean: Catherine Vogler & Gert Wörheide (EU-RTN HOTSPOTS)
Indo-Pacific calcareous sponges: Oliver Voigt & Gert Wörheide
Red Sea sponges (Gulf of Aqaba, Egypt): Gert Wörheide, in collaboration with the Red Sea Environmental Centre, RSEC
Ross Sea sponges (Antarctica): Sergio Vargas & Gert Wörheide, in collaboration with NIWA (New Zealand).
Barcoding of the deepwater sponges and coral reefs off Capo Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy (Ionian Sea). Paco Cardenas, University of Bergen, Norway & Julie Reveillaud, University of Ghent, Belgium
Sponges from Oman (Gulf of Oman): Gert Wörheide. With kind permission of the Directorate General of Nature Conservation, Ministry of Environment & Climate Affairs, Sultanate of Oman.