Welcome to otochem.net!

A place for those interested in sharing knowledge about otoliths, their chemistries and related topics.

Since the early days of analyzing otolith chemical composition (e.g. Devereux 1967*), the science of otolith chemistry has grown almost exponentially.  Empirical studies produce ever more intriguing patterns; experiments seek to understand the mechanisms.  Emerging technologies and methods offer new ways to ask and answer questions.  The field is maturing, but many frontiers remain.

We hope this website will provide a forum for our collective interests, and that it will be a "safe place" to share information, ask questions (no question is too silly), post cool images, announce meetings, courses, etc., and perhaps even serve as an archive of certain kinds of information (e.g., a table of parameter settings on analytical instruments that folks have found useful). If you have suggestions for improvement or ideas you wish to try, please don't hesitate to contact the site administrators.

How it works:
1.) Visit the forum site.

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3.) Once your profile is approved, begin posting in any of the forums.

We look forward to discussions with you!

Logo image courtesy of Karin Limburg (Sr and Zn maps of Atlantic salmon otoliths)

Devereux, I. Science 155(3770): 1684-1685.


The book "Tropical fish otoliths: information for assessment, management and ecology" (Eds. Green, B.S.; Mapstone, B.D.; Carlos, G.; Begg, G.A.) is available now from Springer.  Click here for more information.

A new book "Isoscapes: understanding movement, pattern, and process on Earth through isotope mapping" (Eds. West, J.B.; Bowen, G.J.; Dawson, T.E.; Tu, K.P.) is now available from Springer.  Click here for more information.

Sr distribution map of cod otolith (Image: K. Limburg)