World Association of Copepodologists

Welcome to the website of the World Association of Copepodologists !

Copepods are among the most abundant metazoans on Earth and can be found almost everywhere there is water - from high-altitude lakes in mountain ranges, down to the depths of the ocean trenches. Copepods dominate the zooplankton, they are super-abundant in sediments, and they are parasitic on virtually every phylum of animals from sponges to chordates (including reptiles and mammals).

This website will help you find out more about this fascinating group of crustaceans.

The World Association of Copepodologists (WAC) is a nonprofit international organization whose purpose is to promote research on Copepoda by facilitating communication among interested specialists.

Join today ! The business of the WAC is conducted primarily at a triennial business meeting held during each International Conference on Copepoda (ICOC). Since 1987, the ICOC has been held at venues in Asia, Africa, North and South America, and Europe. The most recent (12th) ICOC was held in Seoul, Korea in July 2014. This conference was organized by Wonchoel Lee (Hanyang University) at

The 14th ICOC will be held in South Africa in 2020! More information and announcements on the 14th ICOC will be posted in due time.

Continuity and communication between conferences was previously provided only through the newsletter Monoculus. WAC is now using both Monoculus and our website to facilitate communication among copepodologists worldwide. We welcome your suggestions for improvements and additional features!

Sadly, our colleague, John Wells, passed away on November, 2018.

Professor John Wells, who has died aged 83, was a research scientist, teacher, Professor of Zoology, Dean of Science at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, family man and community leader. He was a man of[more]

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Sadly, our colleague, Frank Fiers, passed away on May, 2018.

We are losing a friend and an internationally recognized scientist in the fields of taxonomy, phylogeny and ecology of the Copepoda.

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Sadly, our colleague, Nancy Alison Rayner, passed away on December 12, 2017.

Nancy Rayner passed away unexpectedly in Kloof on 12 December 2017, barely two months short of her 91st birthday, following complications after a fall.[more]

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Sadly, our Ukranian copepodologist colleague, Prof. Dr. Vladyslav Monchenko, passed away on February 8, 2016.

He was 84 years old. An obituary containing an account of his many contributions to our discipline and aspects of his interesting personal profile is expected to be published soon in Crustaceana.

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Announcement - 3rd International Workshop on Symbiotic Copepoda

Dear colleagues, On behalf of the organising committee it is my pleasure to announce an OPEN CALL for registration for the 3rdInternational Workshop on Symbiotic Copepoda. Places are limited and we now have only[more]

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Parasitic protists on copepods - Marine Protists Diversity and Dynamics

Springer will publish the book entitled "Marine Protists". The publisher will give us a discount sale for a limited time. The book contains a chapter about parasitic protists on copepods. [more]

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2015 Edward & Phyllis Reed Fellowship

The Edward & Phyllis Reed Fellowship for Copepod Research has been awarded to Nancy Fabiola Mercado-Salas in the amount of $9864.00[more]

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