2014 July 21-31 Borneo: Maliau Basin
July 20 participants arrive in Kota Kinabalu
July 21 Depart KK : 8 hour bus ride to Maliau Basin
July 31 Depart Maliau Basin to Kota Kinabalu
APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2014
Pay Course fees before July 1 at: https://www.calacademy.org/tickets/ant_course/
2015 August 6-16, Southwestern Research Station, Portal, AZ, USA
2016 August Somewhere in tropical Africa
|2013 Ant Course
|2013 Ant Course Application||30 Aug 2012|
|2013 Ant Course Flyer||11 Dec 2012|
|2013 Ant Course Announcement||11 Dec 2012|
|2013 Course Preparations||11 Dec 2012|
|11 Dec 2012|
|Bolton Glossary||22 Dec 2009|
About Ant Course
ANT COURSE is a workshop designed primarily for systematists, ecologists, behaviorists, conservation biologists, and other biologists whose research responsibilities require a greater understanding of ant taxonomy and field research techniques. Emphasis is on the evolution, classification and identification of ant genera. Lectures will include background information on the ecology, life histories and evolution of ants. Field trips emphasize collecting and sampling techniques, and associated lab work focuses specimen preparation, sorting and labeling. Information on equipment, literature, and myrmecological contacts are also presented.
ANT COURSE is a unique opportunity to acquire training that is unavailable elsewhere. This course will provide students with: 1) the confidence and skills to identify ant genera; 2) an understanding of modern specimen processing and curation techniques; 3) an appreciation for the biological diversity and evolution of ants, and 4) experience keying to the species level.
ANT COURSE is open to all interested individuals including students, professors and motivated amateurs (citizen scientists).. Priority will be given to those students for whom the course will have a significant impact on their research. An entomological background is not required. We aim to include students with a diverse interest in biology, including ant systematics, ecology, behavioral biology and conservation. The high instructor to student ratio will allow students to receive individual attention. ANT COURSE is presented in English and limited to 30 participants. Photos from previous courses are available in the yearbook.
SPONSORS. -- California Academy of Sciences and Museum of Comparative Zoology, with funding in part from National Science Foundation.
by Stefan Cover