[Annelida] Senckenberg Course in Taxonomy and Systematics 2015

Geoff Read via annelida%40net.bio.net (by Geoffrey.Read from niwa.co.nz)
Tue Dec 9 15:47:01 EST 2014

Forwarded FYI:

Taxonomy course hosted by Senckenberg Natural History Collections Dresden (SNSD). It's 2 weeks, 400 Euro.
The course will be offered for the first time from February 22nd through March 08th 2015.

Senckenberg Course in Taxonomy and Systematics  2015

The correct classification of taxa is indisputably the fundamental

prerequisite for many disciplines in bioscience, e.g., biodiversity

research. Nevertheless, today this field is rarely taught at

universities. The "Senckenberg Course in Taxonomy and Systematics" is

designed as a graduate course. It is centred around the concept of

"integrative taxonomy and systematics": The fact that taxonomy and

systematics is confronted with a tremendous progress in all fields of

biosciences (the rise of new technologies such as next generation DNA

sequencing or micro CT) requires the need for a complex synthesis of

knowledge in an unprecedented extent and speed. This synthesis needs to

be well embedded in concepts (species concepts) and conventions

(nomenclature) of taxonomy and systematics. Consequently, the course

will give hands-on insights in how to actually describe species and

prepare taxonomic revisions. This will cover both the historic as well

as the modern "state-of-the-art" perspective of these disciplines (the

integrative use of data from various fields of biosciences). Although

the topics of the course have a strong focus on alpha-taxonomy, i.e.,

delineating species, etc., concepts and methods to unravel phylogenetic

relationships between species and taxa will also be taught.

Please contact heiko.stuckas[at]senckenberg.de or visit the following

homepage: http://www.senckenberg.de/root/index.php?page_id=17568

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