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November Workshop - NE Freshwater Fishes Assemblages (updated 9/17/16)

Date Posted: 14 Sep 2016 (Show details)

A workshop on Northeastern Freshwater Fish Assemblages will be held from 4-6 November 2016 at the Eagle Hill Institute in Steuben, Maine. This workshop will explore the world of both native and introduced fish resident to inland waters (lakes and rivers, ponds and streams) throughout the Northeastern United States. Fish identification, with an emphasis on smaller forage fish species, will be keynoted with an impressive fish assemblage reference collection available for viewing. Actual extent of geographical coverage and lecture materials will be offered primarily on the basis of class attendees needs, including topics of shared interest. This weekend class will be primarily geared to classroom laboratory sessions and lectures, including a possible Saturday evening presentation/showing of a Northeastern fish-related topic and/or video.

The workshop will be led by David Halliwell Ph.D (David [dot] Halliwell [at] maine [dot] gov). He received his doctorate in Fisheries Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1989, while employed by the MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife as aquatic biologist in charge of statewide stream survey and inventory (coldwater fisheries) project. His dissertation is entitled: A Classification of Streams in Massachusetts...to be used as a fisheries management tool. He has been teaching NE-FISH seminars at Eagle Hill since 2001, inclusive of 63 students (over the past 14 out of 16 years), originating from the Northeastern United States and New Brunswick, Canada. He is co-author of the Inland Fishes of Massachusetts (2002) and is currently preparing a biogeographical treatise on the Inland Fishes of New England, proper (2017).

Attendees are to arrive on Friday evening in time for 6:00 dinner and the workshop will conclude by 5:00 on Sunday afternoon. Tuition $150/person, lodging $30/person per night, resident 6-meal plan is $90 ($45 for local commuters – Friday dinner and two lunches). 20% discount on lodging and tuition for multiple attendees’ per agency. Apply/Register online at eaglehill.us/programs/fall-workshops/application-web.shtml.

Larval Fish Workshop

Date Posted: 28 Jan 2016 (Show details)

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science Nunnally Ichthyology Collection in Gloucester Point, VA, is home to a large ichthyoplankton collection. This collection contains samples from the tropical and northern Pacific Ocean, the Southern Ocean, the Amazon Plume, Sargasso Sea, the Caribbean, the Mid- and South Atlantic Bights, and the Chesapeake Bay. As part of our current NSF CSBR grant, we are hosting a larval fish workshop from June 6–17, 2016.

Workshop Goals

  • How to sort and identify larval fishes
  • Preparation, storage, and curation of larval fish collections
  • Imaging techniques for larval fishes

The workshop is open to students, collection managers, curators, and other museum and research professionals. The workshop is free; however, participants will be responsible for covering the cost of transportation, lodging, and meals.

Week One
The focus of the first week of the workshop will be on samples from the Southern Ocean and western tropical Atlantic (in and adjacent to the Amazon River plume and the Caribbean Sea).
Week Two
The second week will emphasize samples from the Sargasso Sea, Chesapeake Bay, and the Gulf of Maine.

Participants will sort and identify ichthyoplankton samples to the family level under the guidance of five expert larval fish taxonomists: Drs. Jeff Leis (University of Tasmania), William Watson (Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA), Nalani Schnell (Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle), G. David Johnson (Smithsonian Institution), and Peter Konstantinidis (VIMS).

The workshop is limited to 12 participants. Applicants can attend both weeks of the workshop or either the first or second week. However, preference will be given to individuals that are able to attend both weeks. Applications are due on 1 April 2016 and a notification of acceptance will be made by 15 April 2016. If interested please contact Dr. Peter Konstantinidis (peterk [at] vims [dot] edu) for an application.

Larval Fish Workshop Oct. 2015 (deadline extended)

Date Posted: 3 Aug 2015 (Show details)

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science Nunnally Ichthyology Collection in Gloucester Point, VA, is home to a large ichthyoplantkton collection. This collection contains samples from the tropical and northern Pacific Ocean, the Southern Ocean, the Amazon Plume, Sargasso Sea, the Caribbean, the Mid- and South Atlantic Bights, and the Chesapeake Bay. As part of our current NSF CSBR grant, we are hosting a larval fish workshop from October 5-16, 2015.

The application deadline has been extended to August 7, 2015. Notification of acceptance will be made by August 15, 2015.

Goals of the workshop include:

  • How to sort and identify larval fishes;
  • Preparation, storage, and curation of larval fish collections;
  • Imaging techniques for larval fishes.

The workshop is open to students, collections managers, curators, and other museum and research professionals.

The focus of the first week of the workshop will be on mesopelagic samples collected in subtropical Hawaiian waters and the subarctic North Pacific. The second week will focus on samples from the western tropical Atlantic in and adjacent to the Amazon River plume.

Participants will sort and identify ichthyoplankton samples to the family level under the guidance of four expert taxonomists: Drs. Jeff Leis (University of Tasmania), Ann Matarese (Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA), Nalani Schnell (Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle), and G. David Johnson (Smithsonian Institution).

If interested please contact Dr. Peter Konstantinidis (peterk [at] vims [dot] edu) for an application form or you can download one from the VIMS Nunnally Ichthyology Collection website: www.vims.edu/research/facilities/fishcollection/. Applicants can attend both weeks of the workshop or either the first or second week. However, preference will be given to individuals that are able to attend both weeks.

Oregon Sea Grant Undergraduate Summer Scholars

Date Posted: 29 Jan 2015 (Show details)

Oregon Sea Grant is excited to announce our fifth Summer Scholars Program for eligible undergraduates. Summer Scholars will be placed for 10 weeks with an academic, government, or non-governmental organization, and will gain real life practice in marine resource science, policy, management, and outreach.

For more information about eligibility, placements and how to apply, go to seagrant.oregonstate.edu/fellowships/summer-scholars.

The application deadline is 20 February 2015.

Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST)

Date Posted: 4 Nov 2014 (Show details)

The Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST), an initiative under the CETAF umbrella and managed by RBINS, has launched its NEW website and training programme for 2014-2015!  

Check out the Modern Taxonomy programme offering intensive theoretical courses in various subjects. Also, have a look at the Expert-in-training programme enabling trainees to develop and strengthen their taxonomic research skills through on-the-job-training. One of our training courses deals with Fish Osteology and might be of particular interest to you.

DEST Training
Coordination - Dr Isabella Van de Velde
Secretariat - Dr Hendrik Gheerardyn
www.taxonomytraining.eu
dest-training [at] naturalsciences [dot] be

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29, B-1000 Brussel
Tel: 32 2 627 43 34 (336)
www.naturalsciences.be

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