[Bioforum] MESL School of Taxonomy New Courses Announced
(by bryony from seasurvey.co.uk)
Fri Mar 18 12:05:56 EST 2011
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
Bryony Pearce BSc (Hons)
Marine Ecological Surveys Ltd
3 Palace Yard Mews
Tel: 01225 442211
E.Mail:bryony from seasurvey.co.uk
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