Summer Courses at the SWRS

The Southwestern Research Station in Portal, Arizona is pleased to announce the following 2013 summer workshops.

Our courses are filling early this year, so if you are interested in taking one of our summer workshops, please reserve a spot soon!!

NEW!! CONSERVATION MEDICINE AND DISEASES OF AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES:  23 - 28 June 2013.  The workshop is designed for undergraduates and graduate students in Conservation Ecology, Wildlife, Biological Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine who expect to study, breed, and manage populations of amphibians and/or reptiles in the field and in captivity. "What does Conservation Medicine Mean" and "How can it be Functionally Used to Manage Populations of Amphibians and Reptiles" will be explored.  Concepts of infectious diseases, anesthesia, use of pain medications, sampling techniques, surgical techniques, and handling of venomous species will be covered.

ANTS OF THE SOUTHWEST:  17 - 26 July 2013.

This workshop is designed for students, biologists, and other individuals who have some background in biology at the college level. This course is designed with curriculum that complements rather than competes with the California Academy of Sciences Ant Course. Although we will cover basic taxonomy and systematics, the major focus of this course will be on the ecology and behavior of ants. For the full announcement click here

HERPETOLOGY FIELD COURSE:  28 July  - 6 August 2013

Participants will gain knowledge on the outstanding biodiversity of amphibians and reptiles found in a wide diversity of habitats throughout southeastern Arizona and parts of southwestern New Mexico. Participants will obtain hands-on experience in amphibian and reptile identification, collecting and marking techniques, and data documentation. The course also will cover specimen preparation of a full museum voucher specimen, including tissue vouchers. For the full announcement click here

LEPIDOPTERA COURSE:  8  - 17 August 2013

Designed for students, amateur naturalists, conservation biologists, and other biologists who have an interest in learning more about butterflies and moths, the course will emphasize taxonomy, ecology, and field identification of lepidopterans in southeastern Arizona.  Lectures will include background information on the biology of animals and their importance in pollination biology. Field trips will provide participants with collecting, sampling, and observation techniques and lab work will provide instruction on specimen identification, preparation, and labeling.



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