[Taxacom] course announcement

Dieter Waloßek dieter.waloszek at uni-ulm.de
Sat Feb 23 02:29:28 CST 2013

Masters Programme Course: Crustacea – Morphology, Systematics, Phylogeny

When: from June 3 to 21, 2013 (3 weeks)

Where: At the AG Biosystematic Documentation, University of Ulm, Helmholtzstr. 20, 89081 Ulm, Germany

Contact: Prof. Dr. Dieter Waloszek or apl. Prof. Dr. Andreas Maas, email: andreas.maas at uni-ulm.de, phone x49-731-5031002, fax x49-731-5031009

For whom: Students who finished their bachelor and have a profound interest in comparative morphology, systematics and phylogeny; desirable: background in general arthropod morphology.

Language: English; materials (see below) also offered in English.

Course fees: Nothing, but students have to care for their travel to Ulm and living (we can only help finding a suitable accommodation).

Maximum number of students: Eight due to equipment and room/lab space limitations.

Programme: Includes an introductory lecture, a course, and a short field trip to collect freshwater crustaceans in the surroundings of Ulm.

Lecture: Three weeks from Monday to Friday from 09:00 – 11:15 (3 SWS, meaning 3 times 45 minutes).
Major topics: Crustacea as an example of a diversified and species-rich animal taxon. General introduction to the Arthropoda as the basis for crustacean evolution. Intro to crustacean morphology, ontogeny, systematics, phylogeny and evolution including early fossil evidence, as known from the Cambrian so-called 'Orsten' fossils. Key features and events in the evolution of the group. Morphological, functional, ontogenetic and evolutionary aspects to understand the morphologies, life cycles and life habits of living taxa. Introduction to all major taxa, their ground patterns and possibilities to inspect representatives of many taxa. Discussion around the current state of knowledge about crustacean morphologies, terminological problems, and ideas about relationships. General aspects of the biology will be also covered including the role of crustaceans in ecosystems, their role as parasites or neozoic animals, vectors of diseases, food source, use in biological studies, and more.

Course: Three weeks from Monday to Friday from 13:00 – 17:30 (6 SWS): Course work includes morphological inspection and documentation of representatives of all major crustacean taxa, in some cases including possibilities for preparation. Documentation techniques include different light microscopy techniques, digital photography, illustrations, and scanning electron microscopic studies (from entire specimens to details). Additionally own culture experiments (mainly of larvae), and a one-day excursion to collect freshwater crustaceans to be investigated and determined during the course.

Aims: To receive an in-depth knowledge of Crustacea as one of the major groups of the Euarthropoda and the largest aquatic arthropod taxon, possibly, the most diversified one.

Materials supplied: General and specific literature about Crustacea and Arthropoda, handouts (ca. 200 A4 pages), pdfs of lecture powerpoint files, course guide with instructions and additional information to the themes (ca. 40 pages); animal material: specimens of all major representatives of eucrustacean taxa, material in alcohol and dried; technical equipment: binocular lenses and light microscopes, equipment for preparation (scissors, needles, forceps etc.) and for documentation (cameras, pencils, paper etc.).

Required: Own notebook and USB stick desirable.

Workload: No reading needed prior to course, but desirable, of course. During the course students are encouraged to prepare short summaries of their own small projects to be presented at the end of each week. If needed we offer a written or oral examination and a certificate with officially 9 credit points (required, e.g., for students of our own university).

Ideas/suggestions for social activities (in the evenings and free two weekends, optional): view of the historical parts of Ulm (e.g. the Fischer Quarter at the banks of the river Danube); testing typical Swabian food (with beer, regional wines) there or in the city center; depending on the weather conditions there are possibilities to a trip into the surroundings of Ulm (Swabian Alb with castles and caves), Stuttgart, or even the castle Neuschwanstein in south-west Bavaria close to the Alps.

Prof. Dr. Dieter Waloszek
University of Ulm, Biosystematic Documentation
Helmholtzstraße 20, 89081 Ulm, Germany
phone x49-731-5031000, fax 5031009
dieter.waloszek at uni-ulm.de
Center of Orsten Research & Exploration C.O.R.E.:  http://www.CORE-Orsten-Research.de

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