Ants of The Southwest: 26 July-5 August 2014.
This workshop is designed for students, biologists, and other individuals who have some background in biology at the college level. This course is designed with curriculum that complements rather than competes with the California Academy of Sciences Ant Course. Although we will cover basic taxonomy and systematics, the major focus of this course will be on the ecology and behavior of ants. For the full announcement click here: http://research.amnh.org/swrs/ants-southwest
Lepidoptera Course: 14-23 August 2014.
Designed for students, amateur naturalists, conservation biologists, and other biologists who have an interest in learning more about butterflies and moths, the course will emphasize taxonomy, ecology, and field identification of lepidopterans in southeastern Arizona. Lectures will include background information on the biology of animals and their importance in pollination biology. Field trips will provide participants with collecting, sampling, and observation techniques and lab work will provide instruction on specimen identification, preparation, and labeling. http://research.amnh.org/swrs/education/lepidoptera-course
Weevil Course: 5-13 August 2014
The Weevil Course is targeted towards students, postdocs, and other biologists who have a strong interest in understanding weevil diversity and taxonomy. The course will emphasize weevil taxonomy, identification, and natural history, with an emphasis on North American taxa including the southwestern U.S. and Mexico. Lectures will include background information on the diversity and biology of weevils and their ecological relevance. Lab identification practices will introduce key identification resources and focus on recognizing key diagnostic features for weevil families, subfamilies, genera, and (where suitable) species. These practices will draw upon a wide range of reference taxa provided by the instructor team. Field trips to diverse shrub and desert habitats of the surrounding Coronado National Forest will provide participants with specialized collecting, sampling, and observation techniques for weevils. http://research.amnh.org/swrs/weevil-course
Dawn S. Wilson, Director Southwestern Research Station P.O. Box 16553
Portal, Arizona 85632