CIAC 1994: Workshops

All information here abridged from (and full workshop descriptions can be found in): Current Issues in Cephalopod Behaviour. (1995). J. B. Messenger. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the U. K., 75, 507-514

Workshop 1. Acquiring and Recording Behavioural Data

Organized by: R. T. Hanlon

The aim of this workshop was to:

  • Encourage a move from descriptive studies of cephalopod behaviour to experimental ones.

Workshop 2. Population Ecology and Fisheries

Organized by: P. G. Rodhouse

This workshop covered a wide range of topics (“no fewer than eleven topics were considered”) from population genetics to fisheries and growth models to methods of in situ observation (tagging, diving, satellite data, etc.).

Workshop 3. Feeding Behaviour

Organized by: M. Nixon

This workshop focused on the need to expand our understanding of the complexity of feeding behaviours, and accompanying sensory systems used to this end, across the cephalopods.

Workshop 4. Reproductive Behaviour

Organized by: K. Mangold

Discussions in this workshop fell into four categories:

  • Events preceding mating
  • Sperm storage and fertilization
  • Spawning behaviour
  • Reproductive strategies

Workshop 5. Information Processing, Learning and Cognition

Organized by: J. A. Mather

This workshop held discussions on:

  • Brain and behaviour relationships
  • Sensory input and perception
  • Movement and its control
  • Types and levels of learning
  • Behavioral ecology

Workshop 6. Body Patterning

Organized by: A. Packard

Discussions in the workshop focused on the standardization of terminology in discussing/reporting cephalopod body patterning, the use of this standard language in qualitative taxonomic and ontological studies, and the functions of body patterning, as well as methods of observation and analysis thereof.