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Herpetology/Arachnology travel to Baja California

Date Posted: 9 May 2018 (Show details)

Join herpetologist Dr. Sara Ruane and arachnologist Dr. Lauren Esposito for 10 days of adventure in the heart of Baja California. Learn field techniques, proper handling, how to ID using keys. Possible herps include coachwhips, gopher snakes, rattlesnakes, desert iguanas, Bipes, banded geckos, leaf-toed geckos and many more... Other opportunities include small mammal trapping, arachnid hunting, tide pooling, beach combing for megalodon teeth, and exploring ancient middens. Plus time to catch some waves!

This course is geared towards adult participants (18+) with a love of the natural world looking for an experience of a lifetime.

June 25 - July 5, 2018
Ranchito Bajajaja, Scorpion Bay
San Juanico, Baja California Sur, Mexico

$2000 includes all meals, lodging and ground transportation.

Sign up online at www.islansdeas.org/events. For more info and photos from previous years, please see: sararuane.wordpress.com/summer-institute/. Questions? Contact info [at] islandsseas [dot] org.

Ichtyoplankton Lab and Workshop in Corvallis, OR

Date Posted: 26 Apr 2018 (Show details)

Peter Konstantinidis is teaching an ichthyoplankton lab and workshop July 23-28, 2018 in Corvallis, Oregon. This 6-day intensive course is dedicated to the systematics and identification of larval fishes. The goal is to equip participants with a skill set in identification of ichthyoplankton to family level or to a lower taxonomic level.

The lab will include daily lectures on taxonomic groups of marine fishes with the focal point on their larval characters. Participants are welcome to bring unidentified ichthyoplankton samples or mixed species lots to the course to help with their identification.

For more information please visit blogs.oregonstate.edu/peterkonstantinidis/education/ or email peter [dot] konstantinidis [at] oregonstate [dot] edu.

Larval Fish Course in Concarneau, France

Date Posted: 17 Apr 2018 (Show details)

New International Larval Fish Course at the marine station in Concarneau, France. From 17-28 September 2018. This is a two week international course and will focus on larvae from the Eastern North Atlantic and the Pacific. Several invited experts will deliver lectures on different topics (ecology, taxonomy, preservation and of course identification).

Visit sites.google.com/view/larval-fish-course/ or contact nalani [dot] schnell [at] mnhm [dot] fr for more information.

Field Herpetology of the Southwest Workshop

Date Posted: 5 Mar 2018 (Show details)

This 9-day workshop is open to those interested in learned about the herpetofaunal biodiversity of southern Arizona and New Mexico. Participants typically observe 50+ species of amphibians and reptiles, and learn about taxonomy, natural history, methods of study, and other aspects of the lives of these creatures via course activities including hiking, night driving, seminars, and laboratory exercises. The workshop takes place at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal, Arizona.

The fee of $1224 covers all workshop fees, room and board, and transportation to/from SWRS and the Tucson airport. Prerequisite: one college biology course.

Learn more and register at https://tinyurl.com/ya2gtmbt.

Requests for more information should be directed to Emily Taylor: etaylor [at] calpoly [dot] edu, (805) 756-2616 or (805) 440-6288.

Cal Poly Herpetology Course

Date Posted: 5 Mar 2018 (Show details)

This 3-week course is open to college students who will earn 4 quarter units or 3 semester units (upper division) for BIO S324 (Herpetology). It will take place July 17-Aug 3, 2018. Weeks 1 and 3 (July 17-20, July 30-Aug 3) will take place on the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus. Week 2 (July 22-27) will take place at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal, Arizona.

The fee of $1989 covers all course fees, room and board in Arizona, and transportation to/from SWRS and the Tucson airport. Prerequisite: college-level introductory biology.

Learn more and register at https://tinyurl.com/y9j96qlt.

Requests for more information should be directed to Emily Taylor: etaylor [at] calpoly [dot] edu, (805) 756-2616 or (805) 440-6288.

photo of a coiled Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
Collard lizard basking on a rock
Tombigbee Darter, Etheostoma lachneri