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Upcoming book: Coastal Fishes of the Western Indian Ocean

Date Posted: 25 May 2018 (Show details)

Coastal Fishes of the Western Indian Ocean, edited by Philip Heemstra, Elane Heemstra, David Ebert, Wouter Hollemand, and John Randal, will be published sometime in late 2018 or early 2019. It is the culmination of work by more than 100 contributors over the course of 20 years.

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SW PARC Annual Meeting in Oklahoma, September 6-9

Date Posted: 23 May 2018 (Show details)

Join us in Oklahoma City September 6-9 for the 2018 SW PARC (Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation) Annual Meeting. We’re excited to feature George L. Heinrich as our keynote speaker discussing ”The Big Turtle Year: Celebrating Wild Turtles Across the United States”. There will be a pre-meeting workshop, informal icebreaker, two days of presentations, a banquet, live auction, and field trip. We hope to see you there!

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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 For more info and photos from previous years, please see: 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 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 or contact nalani [dot] schnell [at] mnhm [dot] fr for more information.

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