[Bioforum] MESL Taxonomy School courses

Emma via bioforum%40net.bio.net (by emma from seasurvey.co.uk)
Mon Feb 7 12:06:06 EST 2011

Hello everyone,

Just a quick announcement about the MESL Taxonomy School upcoming courses...

*Terebellomorpha and Nephtyidae.*

On 23rd to 25th February DrSc Igor Jirkov will be presenting his new 
pictorial keys on Terebellomorpha and Nephtyidae. These are revised and 
updated versions of his 2008 keys that are now more user friendly and 
include new recently described species. The workshop will run over three 
days, two dedicated to Terebellomorpha and one to Nephtyidae. 
Participants are encouraged to bring their own specimens for checking by 
DrSc Igor Jirkov.


On the 25^th to the 27^th March Prof. Frederik Pleijeland Dr Arne Nygren 
will be runninga workshop on Phyllodocidae. This course will enable 
participants to gain experience and develop confidence in the 
identification of species of this family. The course will include an 
introductory talk on the group covering 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 assistance of two professional marine biologists. Specimens 
from the majority of British 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.

*Benthic Taxonomy Summer School. *

The two week Benthic Taxonomy Summer School provides students with 
hands-on experience, working in the marine environment and an 
introduction to invertebrate 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 provide skills 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 invertebrates.  
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.

  Best wishes,


Emma Delduca BSc (Hons) FLS
Senior Taxonomist/Lab Supervisor

Marine Ecological Surveys Limited
3 Palace Yard Mews

Tel: +44(0)1225 44 22 11
Fax: +44(0)1225 44 44 11


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