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February 2013


Mark was an invited speaker at the international conference on ‘Nature and Governance’ in Berlin, coinciding with the launch of a new European project EU BON. He presented a seminar at the CSIC-National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid, Spain.

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January 2013


Mark had several interviews on New Zealand radio, BBC and other media outlets about his paper in published in Science this month. He was an invited Chair at the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland annual colloquium in Galway, and organisation he established some 20 years ago.

New publications

  • Water C, Storey R. Costello MJ. 2013. A methodology for recruiting a giant clam, Tridacna maxima, directly to natural substrata: a first step in reversing functional extinctions? Biological Conservation 160, 19-24.
  • Costello MJ, May RM, Stork NE. 2013. Can we name Earth’s species before they go extinct? Science 339, 413-416.
  • Costello MJ, Bouchet P, Boxshall G, Fauchald K, Gordon DP, Hoeksema BW, Poore GCB, van Soest RWM, Stöhr S, Walter TC, Vanhoorne B, Decock W, Appeltans W. (2013) Global Coordination and Standardisation in Marine Biodiversity through the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and Related Databases. PLoS ONE 8(1): e51629. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0051629
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December 2012


Mark attended the Group on Earth Observation Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) ‘all-hands’ workshop in Asilomar, California, and accepted an invitation to co-chair the Marine Ecosystems Working Group. He also attended the European Marine Observation Data Network (EMODNET) workshop in Ostend Belgium.

New publication
Costello MJ, Reimer J, Szabo Z, Fernandez-Silva I, Abdul Adzis KA, Wörheide G, Beardall J, Lai JCY, Lee WC, Orlov A, Williams GA. 2012. Fostering international collaboration in marine biodiversity sciences in the Asia-Pacific region. Pacific Science 66 (4), 545-549.

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November 2012


Mark Costello was interviewed on New Zealand National Radio on his recent paper on the diversity of marine species as well as on New Zealand TV One News on 16th November 2012. He also accepted an invitation to join the Advisory Board of the new European Journal of Taxonomy.

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New publication
Appeltans W, Ahyong ST, Anderson G, Angel MV, Artois T, Bailly N, Bamber R, Barber A, Bartsch I, Berta A, Błażewicz-Paszkowycz M, Bock P, Boxshall G, Boyko CB, Brandão SN, Bray RA, Bruce NL, Cairns SD, Chan TY, Chan L, Collins AG, Cribb T, Curini-Galletti M, Dahdouh-Guebas F, Davie PJF, Dawson MN, De Clerck O, Decock W, De Grave S, de Voogd NJ, Domning DP, Emig CC, Erséus C, Eschmeyer W, Fauchald K, Fautin DG, Feist SW, Fransen CHJM, Furuya H, Garcia-Alvarez O, Gerken S, Gibson D, Gittenberger A, Gofas S, Gómez-Daglio L, Gordon DP, Guiry MD, Hoeksema BW, Hopcroft R, Jaume D, Kirk P, Koedam N, Koenemann S, Kolb JB, Kristensen RM, Kroh A, Lambert G, Lazarus DB, Lemaitre R, Longshaw M, Lowry J, Macpherson E, Madin LP, Mah C, Mapstone G, McLaughlin P, Meland KL, Messing CG, Mills CE, Molodtsova TN, Mooi R, Neuhaus B, Ng PKL, Nielsen C, Norenburg J, Opresko DM, Osawa M, Paulay G, Perrin W, Pilger JF, Poore GCB, Pugh P, Read GB, Reimer JD, Rius M, Rocha RM, Rosenberg G, Saiz-Salinas JI, Scarabino V, Schierwater B, Schmidt-Rhaesa A, Schnabel KE, Schotte M, Schuchert P, Schwabe E, Segers H, Self-Sullivan C, Shenkar N, Siegel V, Sterrer W, Stöhr S, Swalla B, Tasker ML, Thuesen EV, Timm T, Todaro A, Turon X, Tyler S, Uetz P, van der Land J, van Ofwegen LP, van Soest RWM, Vanaverbeke J, Vanhoorne B, Walker-Smith G, Walter TC, Warren A, Williams G, Wilson SP, Hernandez F, Mees J, [117 others], Costello MJ. The magnitude of global marine species diversity. Current Biology 22, 1-14.

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October 2012


Shyama Pagad attended the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties COP 11 in India. The IUCN / Invasive Species Specialist Group signed an agreement with the Secretariat of the CBD at the launch of the Global Invasive Alien Species Information Partnership formally acknowledging ISSG support for the work of the CBD on invasive species.

Mark Costello attended the annual meeting of the Scientific Committee on Ocean Research (SCOR) in Halifax, Canada; and Boston University. He accepted an invitation to co-Chair the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Biodiversity Observation Network (BON) marine working group.

Zhi-Qiang Zhang participated in the TDWG 2012 Annual Conference 22-26 Oct 2012 in Beijing, China. The primary theme of TDWG 2012 was "Toward an International Infrastructure for Biodiversity Information". He organized a plenary symposium: “Biodiversity database and journal interface in the e-publication era".

New publications

  • Dambach J, Thatje S, Rödder D, Basher Z, Raupach MJ (2012) Effects of Late-Cenozoic Glaciation on Habitat Availability in Antarctic Benthic Shrimps (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea). PLoS ONE 7(9): e46283. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046283 www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0046283
  • Costello MJ, Michener WK, Gahegan M, Zhang Z-Q, Bourne P, Chavan V. 2012. Quality assurance and intellectual property rights in advancing biodiversity data publications. ver. 1.0, Copenhagen: Global Biodiversity Information Facility, Pp. 33, ISBN: 87‐92020‐49‐6. Accessible at http://links.gbif.org/qa_ipr_advancing_biodiversity_data_publishing_en_v1.
  • Bénichou L, Martens K, Higley G, Gérard I, Dessein S, Duin D, Costello MJ 2012.. European Journal of Taxonomy: A public collaborative project in Open Access scholarly communication. Scholarly and Research Communication, 4(1): 010134, 16 pp.
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September 2012


Mark Costello was elected Vice-Chair of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility Science Committee at the Governing Board meeting in Lillehammer, Norway. He visited colleagues at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford; World Conservation Monitoring Centre, BirdLife International, Google Research, and International Union for Nature Conservation offices in Cambridge; Trinity College Dublin; and Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Ostend.

Shyama Pagad attended the World Conservation Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature representing the Invasive Species Specialist Group ISSG. The ISSG hosted two events one on the ongoing operational linkages between the Global Invasive Species database and the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and the other on the development of Management Guidelines on the management of invasive species in Protected Areas; ISSG also presented a poster on the information services of the group

New publications
Zhang Z-Q (2012) A new era in zoological nomenclature and taxonomy: ICZN accepts e-publication and launches ZooBank. Zootaxa 3450: 8

Two new papers and a related dataset published

  • O’Dor R, Boustany AM, Chittenden CM, Costello MJ, Moustahfid H, Payne J, Steinke D, Stokesbury M, Vanden Berghe E. 2012. A Census of Fishes – and everything they eat: How the Census of Marine Life advanced fisheries science. Fisheries 37:9, 398-409.
  • Leleu K, Remy-Zephir B., Grace R., Costello M.J. 2012. Mapping habitat change after 30 years in a marine reserve shows how fishing can alter ecosystem structure. Biological Conservation 155, 193–201.
  • Remy-Zephir B., Leleu K, Grace R., Costello M.J. 2012. Geographical Information System (GIS) files of seabed habitats and biotope maps from Leigh marine reserve in 1977 and 2006. Accessed at Dryad data archive http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.6vr28.

Eliot Crafton (University of California at Davis) and Alison Birmingham (Trinity College Dublin) finished their visiting scholarships at the university and returned home.

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July 2012


Mark Costello accepted an invitation to join the Advisory Board of the new journal BioInvasions Records, the International Journal of Applied Research on Biological Invasions. He attended the GBIF Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark; was an invited speaker and session chair at the General Assembly of the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) held in Suzhou, China, where he represented the International Association of Biological Oceanography (IABO); and visited the Institute of Oceanology in Qingdao, China, to plan the hosting of the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity there in 2014.

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June 2012


Eliot Crafton (University of California at Davis) joined the group on an NSF Scholarship to study marine invasive species in New Zealand.

Alison Birmingham (Trinity College, University of Dublin) joined the group to model the relationships of parasite burdens on their hosts.

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May 2012


Mark Costello was an invited participant at the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems workshop held by the IUCN Commissions on Species Survival and Ecosystem Management at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, University of Melbourne, Australia.

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April 2012


Mark Costello accepted an invitation to become a member of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) marine Biodiversity Observation Network Working Group.

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February 2012


Cherrys Abrigo started her MSc project on methods for assessing connectivity between Marine Reserves, using speciesinventories, species ranges, current dispersal models and distance between reserves in New Zealand.

Marcella Garcia Carrillo started her MSc project on a comparison of the taxonomic composition, richness and endemicity between marine species inventories for major world regions.

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New publications 2011


  • Costello, MJ, Baker CS 2011. Who eats sea meat? Expanding human consumption of marine mammals. Biological Conservation 144, 2745–2746.
  • Costello MJ, Wilson SP, Houlding B. 2011. Predicting total global species richness using rates of species description and estimates of taxonomic effort. Systematic Biology, published online 8 august 2011.
  • Wahl M et al. 2011 Re-structuring of marine communities exposed to environmental change: a global study on the interactive effects of species and functional richness. PLoS ONE 6(5): e19514. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019514.
  • Costello MJ, Wilson SP. 2011. Predicting the number of known and unknown species in European seas using rates of description. Global Ecology and Biogeography 20, 319-330.
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December 2011


The IRTDA held an international workshop on Advancing databases for global biodiversity assessments at The University of Auckland.

We also participated in the International Congress on Conservation Biology, held in Auckland New Zealand.

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November 2011


Shyama Pagad attended the 15th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 15) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in Montreal Canada. She was a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) delegation.

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October 2011


Mark Costello attended the EMODNET workshop on producing biodiversity indices from databases in Crete, Greece.

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September 2011


Mark Costello attended the Annual meeting of the Scientific Committee on Ocean Research; the workshop of marine editors of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) in Aberdeen Scotland; and was a keynote plenary speaker at the 2nd World Conference on Marine Biodiversity in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Shyama Pagad attended the Informatics Expert Meeting on Invasive Alien Species in Copenhagen, Denmark, hosted by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

Shyama Pagad attended the SPREP (Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme) annual meeting in Apia Samoa. She presented the newly developed Island Biodiversity and Invasive Species Database (IBIS) at a side event jointly hosted by SPREP and the ISSG.

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August 2011


Mick Clout visited to University of Cambridge `Conservation Biology' group.

Shyama Pagad attended the IUCN Regional Oceania Forum held at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

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July 2011


Mark Costello convened a symposium on marine biodiversity at the 22nd Asia Pacific Science Congress held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, followed by an open forum on potential collaboration in the Asia-Pacific region; gave seminars at James Cook University and the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences (AIMS).

Mick Clout gave a seminar at the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) in the UK.

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February 2011


Mark Costello attended European Distributed Initiative in Taxonomy (EDIT) Conference and final project meeting, in Paris, France.

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Publications 2010


  • Costello MJ, Coll M, Danovaro R, Halpin P, Ojaveer H, Miloslavich P. 2010. A census of marine biodiversity knowledge, resources and future challenges. PLoS ONE 5(8): e12110. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012110
  • Costello MJ, Cheung A, De Hauwere N. 2010. Topography statistics for the surface and seabed area, volume, depth and slope, of the world’s seas, oceans and countries. Environmental Science and Technology 44, 8821-8828.
  • Costello MJ, Harris P, Pearce B, Fauchald K, Fiorentino A, Bourillet J-F, Hamylton S (editors) 2010. A glossary of terminology used in marine biology, ecology, and geology. Version 1.0. www.marinespecies.org/glossary
  • Appeltans W, Bouchet P, Boxshall GA, Fauchald K, Gordon DP, Hoeksema BW, Poore GCB, van Soest RWM, Stöhr S, Walter TC, Costello MJ. (eds) 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. World Register of Marine Species. www.marinespecies.org
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October 2010


Mark Costello attended the Census of Marine Life final meeting in London, UK; and a workshop on Taxonomic Data Publication in Copenhagen, Denmark, hosted by the EU project Pan-European Species Infrastructures and European Distributed Initiative in Taxonomy (EDIT) network of excellence.

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