rearing sea urchins

Reia Guppy reiag at
Wed Jan 23 13:36:15 EST 2002

Hello All!

Thank you to all those who have been sending the much needed information
concerning rearing sea urchins.  I've been asked by a couple of people to
pass on the information that I have gotten, so I've compiled a list of
contact information which I've received.  These are listed below.

So far, I've been getting contact information.  I've listed these for you
below.  I'll let you know if anything more comes in.

1)  Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi -  U.S. Geological Survey
Toxicology Laboratory.  Use sea urchin gametes and larvae which they spawn
to conduct toxicology assays. Contact Ms. Linda May,
pricemay at

2)  Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory in Scotland -  Invertebrate Biology &
Mariculture Group.  Rears 2 British species.  Contact Dr. Maeve Kelly,

3)  Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP).  Maitain
adult urchins in tanks and experiment with gametes and embryos.  Contact
Steve Bay and Darrin Greenstein,  darring at ; steveb at

4)  Bulletin of Marine Science 1998 issue -  paper by Eckert.  That's all
the information sent on this.  This paper supposed to have a good protocol,
using Diadema.

5)  University of Texas at Austin.  Algae collection for food source for
larvae and diatoms for juvenile urchins.

6)  Center for Coastal Studies in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Contact Drs.
Tunnell and/or Dokken, 1-361-825-2736.

7)  Marine Resources Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory.  Works with
cellular biology and cell division in sea urchin zygotes.  Contact

8)  University of Oregon -  Oregon Institute of Marine Biology Field
Station.  Contact Dr. Richard Emlet using OIMB link from U of O home page.

9)  Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science.  Has grown Diadema
from gametes through to teenagers.  Contact Tom Capo,  tcapo at

10)  University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  Rears urchins.  Contact
Dr. Alina Szmant, szmanta at,  1-910-962-2362

Thanks again to everyone!


Reia Guppy

Graduate Student

Biology Department

University of Central Arkansas

201 Donaghey Avenue

Conway, AR 72035

Tel: (501) 450-3146

Fax: (501) 450-5914

Email: reiag at

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