Applications now open for 2016 course

2016 July 28 - August 7: Mozambique: Edward O. Wilson Laboratory at Gorongosa National Park

Course Preparation to be updated in October

Course Schedule to be updated in October

Bolton Morphology updated on 18 April 2015

ANT COURSE will be taught at the Edward O. Wilson Laboratory at Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. 

PARTICIPANT ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA: ANT COURSE is open to all interested individuals. Priority will be given to those students for whom the course will have a significant impact on their research with ants. An entomological background is not required. We aim to include students with a diverse interest in biology, including ant systematics, ecology, behavioral biology, genetics, and conservation. The high instructor to student ratio will allow students to receive individual attention. ANT COURSE is presented in English and limited to 30 participants.

COSTS: Tuition for the 10-day course is $475 for current students and $975 for non-students (including postdocs). In addition, the Station fee for this period, covering dormitory room and board, is $550. Transportation costs between home and Beira (air) are to be borne by all participants.

SPONSORS. –California Academy of Sciences and Museum of Comparative Zoology.

2016 INSTRUCTORS

(full instructor list Spring 2016)

Brian Fisher (Coordinator), California Academy of Sciences; Flavia Esteves, California Academy of Sciences; John LaPolla, Towson University; Jack Longino, University of Utah; Corrie Moreau, Field Museum of Natural History; Simon Robson, James Cook University; Andrew Suarez, University of Illinois; James Trager, Shaw Nature Reserve; Walter Tschinkel Florida State University Tallahassee; Phil Ward, University of California Davis.

2016 Ant Course Flyer
Ant Course Flyer
About Ant Course

Ant Course is a workshop designed primarily for systematists, ecologists, behaviorists, conservation biologists, and other biologists whose research responsibilities require a greater understanding of ant taxonomy and field research techniques. Emphasis is on the evolution, classification, and identification of ant genera. Lectures include background information on the ecology, life histories, and evolution of ants. Field trips emphasize collecting and sampling techniques, and associated lab work focuses specimen preparation, sorting, and labeling. Information on equipment, literature, and myrmecological contacts are also presented.

Ant Course is a unique opportunity to acquire training that is unavailable elsewhere. This course will provide students with: 1) the confidence and skills to identify ant genera; 2) an understanding of modern specimen processing and curation techniques; 3) an appreciation for the biological diversity and evolution of ants, and 4) experience keying to the species level.

Ant Course is open to all interested individuals including students, professors and motivated amateurs (citizen scientists).. Priority will be given to those students for whom the course will have a significant impact on their research. An entomological background is not required. We aim to include students with a diverse interest in biology, including ant systematics, ecology, behavioral biology and conservation. The high instructor to student ratio will allow students to receive individual attention. Ant Course is presented in English and limited to 30 participants. Photos from previous courses are available in the yearbook.

Sponsors: California Academy of Sciences and Museum of Comparative Zoology, with funding in part from National Science Foundation.

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Upcoming Courses

Upcoming Courses

2017: No Ant Course: Time off to fundraise and develop future courses

2018 August: Somewhere in tropical South America: Pending Funding 

New Course ideas: Tools and methods in species delimitation and ant taxonomy: specimen databasing, imaging, morphometrics, SEM, CT scanning, dissections, mapping and species descriptions.

Student Praise for Ant Course

Student Praise for Ant Course

Ant Course is an exceptional experience that has motivated me to pursue new avenues of research. I leave it energized and inspired. Great Work.
Emilio Bruna 2004

Fantastic Course. Best Field Course ever. The Ant Course has revitalized my research program and has positioned me to make lasting contributions to ecology, biodiversity, myrmecology and evolution.
Anonymous student 2004