SAVE THE DATE: 2018 International Invasive Sea Squirt Conference: May 2-3-4 at WHOI

IISSC-V: The biology, biogeography, ecology and impact of invasive ascidians
October 29-31, 2014



Invasive ascidians are impacting ecosystems, creating a nuisance for the aquaculture industry, and are a major component of fouling communities.  The aim of this conference is to bring together marine biologists and people concerned with invasive ascidians, to explore the biology, ecology, impacts, management options for control and other relevant topics.  The format of the three-day conference included a taxonomic workshop led by Gretchen Lambert, oral presentations and posters on current research, and a discussion led by an expert panel.  The conference program was subdivided into three sections: 1) Invasive Ascidian Biology and Biogeography, 2) Invasive Ascidian Ecology, and 3) Invasive Ascidian Impacts, Risks and Management. 


The conference audience included marine biologists, shellfishery scientists, representative of the shellfishery industry, members of local, state, and federal agencies concerned with coastal resources, representatives from sponsoring organizations and the media.


Woods Hole Sea Grant, MIT Sea Grant, Coastal Zone Management’s Rapid Assessment Survey, WHOI Coastal Ocean Institute


The conference was held at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Quissett Campus, Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  Conference sessions were held in Clark Laboratory Conference Room.

Steering Committee

Jeff Davidson (UPEI), Cynthia McKenzie (DFO Canada, Newfoundland), Page Valentine (USGS), Phil Colarusso (US EPA), Bob Whitlatch (UConn), Jim Carlton (Williams College), Judy Pederson (MIT Sea Grant), Stephan Bullard (UHartford), Mary Carman (WHOI)


Papers from the conference proceedings are published in special issues of the REABIC journals Aquatic Invasions and Management of Biological Invasions (at a reduced rate) under the guidance of guest co-editors. The published papers from the 2014 IISSC-V conference can be accessed at

Links to the published papers from the proceedings of IISSC-II and IISSC-III can be found at Aquatic Invasions and

2014 Conference Program

» View the IISSC-V Conference Program Schedule (pdf)