Announcing The Weevil Course 2014
From August 05-13, 2014, the second installment of The Weevil Course will be held at the wonderful AMNH Southwestern Research Station located in the Chiricahua Mountains, Portal, Arizona. Applications can be received through the SWRS course website. Photos from the 2012 Course are posted here.
Where and When: Southwestern Research Station (SWRS), Portal, AZ, August 5-13, 2014.
Instructors: Nico Franz (Arizona State University; contact: firstname.lastname@example.org), Charles O’Brien (Green Valley, AZ); Robert Anderson (Canadian Museum of Nature); and Jiri Hulcr (University of Florida).
Organizer. Dawn Wilson (SWRS; contact: email@example.com).
Course Objectives: The Weevil Course is targeted towards undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, naturalists, applied researchers, and other biologists who have a strong interest in understanding weevil diversity and taxonomy. The course will emphasize weevil taxonomy, identification, and natural history, with an emphasis on North American taxa (including the southwestern U.S. and Mexico). Lectures will include background information on the diversity and biology of weevils and their ecological relevance. The emerging virtual Weevils of North America checklist will be used as well as a teaching resource – http://symbiota1.acis.ufl.edu/scan/portal/checklists/checklist.php?cl=1. Field trips will provide participants with specialized collecting, sampling, and observation techniques and lab work will focus on providing detailed instruction on specimen identification, preparation, and labeling.