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[Arthropod] MESL School of Taxonomy - New Courses Announced

Bryony Pearce via arthropod%40net.bio.net (by bryony from seasurvey.co.uk)
Mon Jan 17 07:15:39 EST 2011

Dear All,

Happy New Year! I hope that the Christmas period treated you well! I 
just wanted to let you know that we still have a limited number of 
places available on our "Discovering Amphipod Families " course  and I 
also have the great pleasure of announcing two more taxonomy courses for 
which we are now taking bookings. The first is a Terebellomoprha and 
Nephtyidae identification course which will be lead by Dr.Sc. Igor 
Jirkov, an international authority on these groups from Moscow State 
Lomonosov University. The second is our two-week benthic taxonomy school 
which will be held at the Marine Biological Association of the Uk in 
June.  Full details will be on our website shortly but if you know you 
would like a place on either of these courses please do feel free to 
e.mail me directly for a booking form.

*Discovering Amphipod Families*****Booking Now*******
*4th -6th February**
Marine Ecological Surveys Ltd, 3 Palace Yard Mews, Bath, BA1 2NH*

This course will enable participants to gain experience and confidence 
in the identification, to the family level, of British marine Gammarid 
amphipods. The Gammarid amphipods are a large and diverse group of 
crustaceans, the identification of which which can be daunting for 
beginners to macrofaunal taxonomy. There are dozens of amphipod 
families, and hundreds of amphipod species found in UK waters and their 
identification requires microscopic examination of very small body 
parts. This course will guide students through the morphology of 
amphipods focusing on features used in identification at the family level.

The course will use the key text for this field, the 1977 book of 
British Marine Amphipoda: Gammaridea by Roger J. Lincoln. Many taxonomic 
papers have been written since clarifying or changing details but this 
text remains the most comprehensive and accessible key for this group. 
The workshop will be predominantly lab based with microscope sessions 
guided by experienced senior taxonomists from the MESL laboratory team 
and utilising specimens from our in-house reference collection.

Becoming familiar with the general morphology of amphipods, and 
identification to the family level, is a crucial step towards in the 
development of the skills required to accurately identify these animals 
to species.

Terebellomorpha and Nephtyidae Identification Workshop**with Dr.Sc. Igor 
Jirkov ***Booking Now*******
*23rd -25th February**
Marine Ecological Surveys Ltd, 3 Palace Yard Mews, Bath, BA1 2NH*

Dr.Sc .Igor Jirkov, a leading researcher from Moscow State Lomonosov 
University, will be running a three day workshop focusing on the 
identification of species belonging to Terebellomorpha and Nephtyidae. 
User friendly, pictorial identification keys revised by Dr Jirkov will 
be presented during the workshop and tested using specimens from a 
variety of sources including our in-house reference collection. 
Participants are encouraged to bring along their own specimens for 
advice on identification from Dr Jirkov.

*Benthic Taxonomy Summer School *****Booking Now*******
*13th -24th June**

      *The Marine Life and Environmental Science Resource Centre, Marine
      Biological Association of the UK, Plymouth*, PL1 2PB

The two week Benthic Taxonomy Summer School provides students with 
hands-on experience working in the marine environment and an 
introduction to species identification skills. The course will build 
upon practical sampling and identification skills which many students 
will have gained during related undergraduate degree courses and 
provides skill and experience vital to those wishing to pursue a 
commercial or academic career in Marine Biology.

During the first week students have the opportunity to carry out both 
intertidal and subtidal sampling, using equipment that is routinely used 
for both commercial and academic collections. Samples collected in the 
field will be sorted and identified back in the laboratory giving 
students a taste of the biodiversity found in British seas. The second 
week of the course focuses on the identification of marine polychaetes 
and amphipods, two of the most commonly encountered groups of benthic 

Participants are given the option of attending either or both weeks of 
the summer school and there will also be the opportunity to learn 
Seasearch dive survey techniques over the weekend. The summer school 
will be held at the resource centre at the Marine Biological Association 
of the UK where students will also have access to the National Marine 
Biological Library and other MBA resources.

Please log on to our website for more detailed information and booking 
details www.seasurvey.co.uk

Best Regards

Bryony Pearce BSc (Hons)
Research Director
Marine Ecological Surveys Ltd
3 Palace Yard Mews
Tel: 01225 442211
E.Mail: bryony from seasurvey.co.uk

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