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Dates: July 31, 2024 - August 14, 2024
Location: Bocas del Toro Research Station, Panama
Organizer: Dr. Rachel Collin STRI, Panama
Registration Fee: $875 (includes room and board). Some need-based fellowships are available.


Sarah Gerken

University of Alaska Anchorage U.S.A.

Kevin Kocot

University of Alabama U.S.A.

Regina Wetzer

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County U.S.A.

Lauren Hughes

Natural History Museum England

Jørgen Olesen

Natural History Museum of Denmark Denmark

Andrés Pruna

Ba. in Cinematography

Jason Williams

Hofstra University, USA

Magdalena Błażewic

University of Łódz, Poland

Course description:

The course is aimed at students, post-docs, or professionals who are interested in learning about identification, collection, preservation and data management for peracarid crustaceans. Peracarid diversity in tropical ecosystems is very high, second only to the Southern Ocean.

The students participating in this course will:

-Learn to collect, identify, dissect and preserve peracarid crustaceans.

-Learn general biological and ecological characteristics across the Peracarida.

-Gain hands-on experience with collecting, identifying, preserving for morphology and biomolecules, identifying appropriate body parts for tissue sampling, and managing data from collection to specimen to sequence.

-Establish connections with other researchers working on peracarids.

Application: Please e-mail your CV, 1 letter of recommendation and a 1-2 page statement explaining your background and reasons for taking the course, to before January 17th, 2024. To be considered for a need-based fellowship, applicants should send a description of their need, their efforts to obtain funding from other available sources, and a travel budget.

This project is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) through an award titled “Collaborative Research: PurSUiT: A Backbone for the Peracarida” (DEB-2321306). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed on this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.