TONMOcon VII at MBL, April 6-8, 2018


Bret Grasse (MBL) has been part of organizing a cephalopod conference to be held at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole on April 6-8th 2018. TONMOcon is held every two years and attracts a diverse assemblage of scientists, aquarists, hobbyists, and general cephalopod enthusiasts. It is derived from the TONMO (the octopus news magazine online) website, which is the most comprehensive cephalopod public forum that currently exists in the U.S. It’s a very informal and fun conference, presentations scheduled to last anywhere between 20-45 minutes. There may be a few presentation spots left, but your attendance is highly encouraged in any case, as there are lot of great talks. If you’re interested in attending and/or sharing your expertise by presenting at this conference, please contact Bret ( and the creator/conference organizer of TONMO Tony Morelli ( Hope to see you there!

Registration will be closing soon! Further details can be found at the conference page:


CIAC 2015 Published!

HB_FrontPageVolume 808 (1) of Hydrobiologia, which contains the Special Themed Section Advances in Cephalopod Ecology and Life Cycles with selected papers from CIAC 2015, was just published!

You can find it using the following link:

CIAC 2018 Registration Open!

2018-stpetersburg-logoRegistration has opened for the 2018 CIAC Conference! You can register for workshops, field trips and the conference via links within the website:

You can also link to the conference hotels for reserving rooms under our group block. The Hilton Bayfront is for researchers and the Hampton Inn and Suites is for our student researcher accommodations.

Abstract submission has also opened and will be open until March 15th!

CIAC 2018 Website is live!

2018-stpetersburg-logoThe conference website for the CIAC 2018 meeting in St. Petersburg, FL is live and can be found here: Registration will open on January 8th! Costs and further details can be found on the site. Workshop descriptions, travel info, and field trips are already outlined on the page, so go check those out, but also keep an eye on the page for further conference news and updates!

Adolf Naef’s Wikipedia Page – New and Improved!

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Adolf Naef at the Naples Zoological Station, 1910 – Archives of the Naples Zoological Station

Danna Staaf has put substantial time and effort into researching the life and work of Adolf Naef and has revised his Wikipedia page, making it much more robust: Please head over to the page and learn about Naef’s foundational contributions to cephalopod systematics and embryology.

A huge thank you to Danna for her work. If you do not know Danna’s writing, she is an active science writer with her own blog: Danna’s new book, Squid Empire, comes out Oct. 3!

We are looking for more help to continue improving the records of cephalopod scientists on Wikipedia, making that information more accessible both to us and to the public. If you are interested in contributing, please contact the web team.