Applications now open for 2015 course

2015 August 6-16, Southwestern Research Station, Portal, AZ, USA

Course Preparation updated on 12 May 2015

Course Schedule updated on 18 April 2015

Bolton Morphology updated on 18 April 2015

ANT COURSE will be taught at the Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) in Portal, Arizona (http://research.amnh.org/swrs/). The Station is centered amid the richest ant fauna in North America.

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 $675 for non-students (including postdocs). In addition, the Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) fee for this period, covering dormitory room and board, is $670. Transportation costs between home and Tucson (air) or SWRS (auto) are to be borne by all participants.

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

2015 INSTRUCTORS

Brian Fisher (Coordinator), California Academy of Sciences; Stefan Cover, Museum of Comparative Zoology; Flavia Esteves, California Academy of Sciences; Bob Johnson, Arizona State University, Tempe; Josh King, University of Central Florida; John LaPolla, Towson University; Jack Longino, University of Utah; Corrie Moreau, Field Museum of Natural History; Scott Powell, George Washington University; Andrew Suarez, University of Illinois; James Trager, Shaw Nature Reserve; Walter Tschinkel Florida State University Tallahassee; Phil Ward, University of California Davis; Special Guests: Raymond Mendez, Howard Topoff

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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: April 1, 2016.

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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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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