WAC News

ICOC 2022| 12-18 June 2022


Every three years since 1981 the World Association of Copepodologists (WAC) holds an international conference called the International Conference on Copepoda or the “ICOC.”  [REGISTER NOW]

If you were previously registered for the 14th ICOC that was postponed, you need to re-register. The funds already paid will be transferred to the new registration and you will be able to see the outstanding balance on the invoice.

Kruger National Park
Skukuza Camp
Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre

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WORMS Achievement award

Our very own WAC treasurer and Executive Committee member, Chad Walter is the 2021 recipient of the WORMS Achievement award. Warm congratulations to Chad. He makes WAC proud.

The Wilson and Monoculus Libraries

The bibliographic database was developed and is maintained by staff of the C.B. Wilson Copepod library, and contains all the known literature for copepods and branchiurans. At present over 75,000 bibliographic entries on copepods are in the database. Current staff members organizing the day to day operations of this library are T. Chad Walter, Janet Reid and David Damkaer. We gratefully accept donations of literature on all aspects of the Copepoda, and request that you send us a copy of all your future publications.

If you provide us with your pdf's or reprints in a timely fashion then we can quickly put your taxonomic information into the WoRMS database.

The Monoculus Library is located at the Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg am Meer – DZMB,Suedstrand 44, Wilhelmshaven , D-26382, Germany, attn: Pedro Martínez Arbizu.

 The Wilson Library is located at the Smithsonian Institution, Museum Support Center, MRC 534, 4210 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, MD 20746 USA, attn: Chad Walter.


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 his time, surviving World War II, progressing to a career that stretched around the world. [more ...]


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.


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

Nancy Rayner passed away unexpectedly in Kloof on12 December 2017, barely two months short of her 91stbirthday, following complications after a fall. Her demisemarks the sad loss, not only of a devoted mother of 5,grandmother to 13, and great-grandmother to 3, but alsoof South Africa’s premier freshwater micro-crustaceantaxonomist.

OBITUARY Nancy Alison Rayner (1927–2017)
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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.