Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Cirratulidae & Spionidae Identification Workshop 26th to 28th November 2010 in Bath

This course will enable participants to gain experience and develop confidence in the identification of species of Spionidae and Cirratulidae, two common families of marine annelids. The course will include an introductory talk on each of the groups covering body parts, terminology and use of the important dichotomous keys for each group. The main focus of the weekend will be microscope work, allowing students to work through specimens from the two families at their own speed. Participants will carry out identification using industry standard keys and papers with the assistance of two professional marine biologists who between them have over fifteen years experience of processing benthic samples. 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.
Course fees include membership to the Marine Biological Association of the UK.  Existing members of the Marine Biological Association are entitled to a 10% discount on the rate.

Download 26th to 28th November 2010 booking form here

Introduction to Benthic Taxonomy
A two week course to be held at the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth. This course is aimed at undergraduates and recent graduates wishing to develop their benthic identification skills. The course will ;

    * introduce students to  the concepts and uses of benthic taxonomy
    * provide experience of both intertidal and subtidal sample collection, preservation and analysis
    * provide training in the use and construction of dichotomous keys (including online resources)
    * develop taxonomic understanding and exposure

 Specialist Taxonomy Short Courses
Short courses concentrating on particular phyla, families or interest groups. These courses are aimed at graduates and practising taxonomists wishing to enhance their knowledge of marine taxonomy.  Demonstrable experience in marine taxonomy or completion of the Introduction to Marine Taxonomy is a prerequisite to these courses. You will only be awarded a place on a particular course if we are happy that you have the required  prior knowledge.

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