Antcourse annoucement

Donat Agosti agosti at AMNH.ORG
Wed Feb 23 15:25:29 CST 2005

February 19, 2005

ANT COURSE 2005 Announcement


Southwestern Research Station (SWRS), Portal, AZ, August 4-14, 2005

COURSE OBJECTIVES. – ANT COURSE is designed for systematists,
ecologists, behaviorists, conservation biologists, and other biologists
whose research responsibilities require a greater understanding of ant
taxonomy.  Emphasis is on the classification and identification of more
than fifty ant genera of North America.  Lectures will include
background information on the ecology, life histories and evolution of
ants.  Field trips are structured to teach collecting and sampling
techniques, and associated lab work provides instruction on specimen
preparation, sorting and labeling.  Information on equipment/supply
vendors, literature, and myrmecological contacts are also presented. 
COURSE SIGNIFICANCE. – 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 the major ant
genera of North America; 2) an understanding of modern specimen
processing and curation techniques; 3) an appreciation for the
biological diversity of ants, and 4) experience keying to the species
SPONSORS. –California Academy of Sciences and Museum of Comparative
Zoology, with partial funding from The E.O. Wilson Foundation.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION. – ANT COURSE will be taught from August 4 – 14,
2005 at the Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) in Portal Arizona (  The Station is centered amid the
richest ant fauna in North America.  This is an ongoing course, offered
individuals. Priority will be given to those biologists 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 and conservation.  The high instructor to student
ratio will allow students to receive individual attention. ANT COURSE is
presented in English and limited to 25 participants
COSTS. – Tuition for the 10-day COURSE is $475 for current students and
$675 for non-students.  In addition, Southwestern Research Station
(SWRS) fees for this period, covering dormitory room and board, are
estimated at $440.  Transportation costs between home and Tucson (air)
or SWRS (auto) are to be borne by all participants. 
FELLOWSHIPS. – Four fellowships are available for 2005.  Two fellowships
cover tuition fees and two fellowships cover station fees.  Foreign
students may apply for additional fellowships to assist in travel.
Those interested in attending the course should seek all possible
avenues to secure funding for the course.  You should only apply for the
Ant Course fellowship if you can not find other support and it is
essential for your participation in the course.  Beware that if you
apply for an ant course fellowship and you are not selected for a
fellowship, you might not be accepted into the course.  Please notify
the course if your funding request changes before the application due
Brian Fisher (Coordinator), Dept. of Entomology, California Academy of
Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, California 94103;
bfisher at
Stefan Cover (Coordinator), Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard
Leeanne Alonso, Rapid Assessment Program, Conservation International
Gary Alpert, University Entomologist, Harvard University - EH&S
Lloyd Davis, Gainesville, FL
Mark Deyrup Archbold Biological Station
André Francoeur, Université du Québe
Bob Johnson, Dept. of Biology, Arizona State University
Jack Longino, Evergreen State College
Mike Kaspari, Dept. of Zoology, University of Oklahoma
Andrew V. Suarez, University of Illinois, School of Integrative Biology,
Departments of Entomology and Animal Biology
Phil Ward, Department of Entomology, University of California
Special Guests
Roy Snelling, Raymond Mendez, Howard Topoff
Alex Wild, Department of Entomology, University of California

Dr. Donat Agosti
Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian
Email: agosti at
Dalmaziquai 45
3005 Bern
+41-31-351 7152

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