We are hosting an annelids workshop at Friday Harbor Labs in late August. The workshop will provide field experience and cover topics a range of topics (see below).
The cost of the workshop (including room and board) is $1800 USD.
More information will be forth coming on the link http://depts.washington.edu/fhl/studentSummer2015.html#SumB-xxx.
August 24 - September 12 (3 weeks), applications due March 15
Workshop participants arrive Sunday, Aug. 23 after 3:00 p.m. (program includes dinner on Sunday, Aug. 23 and breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 12)
Dr. Ken Halanych Dr. Anja Schulze
Department of Biological Sciences Department of Marine Biology
Auburn University Texas A&M University at Galveston
ken at auburn.edu<mailto:ken from auburn.edu> schulzea at tamug.edu<mailto:schulzea from tamug.edu>
Dr. Damhnait McHugh Dr. Frank Edward (Andy) Anderson
Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics Department of Zoology
Colgate University Southern Illinois University
dmchugh at colgate.edu<mailto:dmchugh from colgate.edu> feander at siu.edu<mailto:feander from siu.edu>
Annelids comprise >16000 recognized species that occupy a wide range of marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments. Many members of this ancient group are ecologically and economically important as ecosystem engineers, as the basis of commercial enterprises, as indicators of environmental health, as invasive or pest species and as being arguably the most abundant metazoans in the deep sea, which covers ∼60% of the planet. As one of the few segmented phyla, annelids are key to understanding the evolution of bilaterian body plans.
The course will have a focus on annelid diversity at the organismal level by integrating three key areas; functional morphology, phylogenetic theory, and genomic resources. We will explore these topics on time scales that span the history of the group on the planet. For example, we will use phylogenetics and genomic data to examine the originals annelids and placement of taxa such as Echiura, Sipuncula and Clitellata within the annelid radiation. On the other extreme we will explore the genetic connectivity of present data species, for example, in the Northern Pacific (USA northeastern Pacific to Japan). These discussions will be rooted in a working knowledge of organismal form and function. How have these animals changed during the time scales under consideration? Although the focus will be largely on evolution and biodiversity questions, we will also touch on other topics to cover the breadth of annelid biology including ecology, feeding, reproduction and development. The course will be predominately marine, but terrestrial and aquatic forms will also be covered in both lecture and fieldwork.
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Kenneth M. Halanych
Biological Sciences Department
Life Sciences Bld. 101
Auburn, AL 36849
Ken's Fax: (334)-844-2333
Biology Fax (334)-844-1645
e-mail: ken from auburn.edu<mailto:ken from auburn.edu>