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[Annelida] MESL School of Taxonomy New Courses Announced

Bryony Pearce via annelida%40net.bio.net (by bryony from seasurvey.co.uk)
Fri Mar 18 12:05:29 EST 2011

Dear All,

Thanks to all those that attended the Terebellomorpha and Nephtyidae 
workshop last month, the course was again a great success and we very 
much hope to build on that success with the further three workshops for 
which we are now taking bookings. We have a small number of places 
remaining on our Phyllodicid Identification workshop which is coming up 
next week for which we are very excited to be welcoming Fredrik Pleiel 
and Arne Nygren, two of the worlds' leading authorities in this area of 
polychaete taxonomy. We have now opened booking for a Bryozoan 
Identification course which will be led by Prof John Ryland in August 
and there are also places available on the Benthic Taxonomy Summer 
School. Please do pass on the details of these courses to any of your 
colleagues who might be interested and don't forget to visit our website 
for more regular updates!

*Phyllodocid Identification with Prof Fredrik Pleijel and Dr Arne 
Nygren*****Few Remaining Places*******
*25^th -27^th March 2011**
Marine Ecological Surveys Ltd, 3 Palace Yard Mews, Bath, BA1 2NH*

Prof. Fredrik Pleijel and Dr Arne Nygren, leading researchers from the 
University of Gothenburg will be running a workshop on Phyllodocidae 
identification. This course will enable participants to gain experience 
and develop confidence in the identification of species belonging to 
this family. The course will involve a series of lectures on 
Phyllodocids covering collection techniques, body parts, terminology and 
the use of a newly made dichotomous key for the group. The main focus of 
the weekend will be microscope work, allowing students to work through 
specimens at their own speed. Participants will carry out identification 
with the assistancefrom Prof. Fredrik Pleijel and Dr Arne Nygren as well 
as one of MESLs senior taxonomists. Specimens from the majority of 
Northern European genera will be available. Time will be allocated at 
the end of the course for participants to look at their own specimens 
with assistance from the course leaders.

*Bryozoan Identification with Professor John Ryland*****Booking Now 
*15^th -19^th August 2011**
Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2PB*

Professor John Ryland, a leading expert in bryozoan taxonomy, will be 
running a five day workshop focusing on the identification, reproduction 
and ecology of Bryozoa.

Short lectures will be given introducing this group and participants 
will be guided through the identification to species level by Prof. 
Ryland. The main focus of the week will be microscope work, allowing 
students to work through specimens at their own pace.

The course will be based at the Marine Biological Association in 
Plymouth where there will be the opportunity for shore collections. 
Slide preparation techniques for bryozoa will also be covered. 
Participants are encouraged to bring along their own specimens for 
advice on identification from Prof. Ryland.

*Benthic Taxonomy Summer School *****Booking Now Open*******
*13th -24th June**

      *The Marine Life and Environmental Science Resource Centre, Marine
      Biological Association of the UK, Plymouth*, PL1 2PB

The two week Benthic Taxonomy Summer School provides students with 
hands-on experience working in the marine environment and an 
introduction to species identification skills. The course will build 
upon practical sampling and identification skills which many students 
will have gained during related undergraduate degree courses and 
provides skill and experience vital to those wishing to pursue a 
commercial or academic career in Marine Biology.

During the first week students have the opportunity to carry out both 
intertidal and subtidal sampling, using equipment that is routinely used 
for both commercial and academic collections. Samples collected in the 
field will be sorted and identified back in the laboratory giving 
students a taste of the biodiversity found in British seas. The second 
week of the course focuses on the identification of marine polychaetes 
and amphipods, two of the most commonly encountered groups of benthic 

Participants are given the option of attending either or both weeks of 
the summer school and there will also be the opportunity to learn 
Seasearch dive survey techniques over the weekend. The summer school 
will be held at the resource centre at the Marine Biological Association 
of the UK where students will also have access to the National Marine 
Biological Library and other MBA resources.

Please log on to our website for more detailed information and to 
download a booking form www.seasurvey.co.uk

Best Regards

Bryony Pearce BSc (Hons)
Research Director
Marine Ecological Surveys Ltd
3 Palace Yard Mews
Tel: 01225 442211
E.Mail:bryony from seasurvey.co.uk

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