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Dates: June 18, 2023 - July 1, 2023
Location: Bocas Research Station, Bocas del Toro, Panama
Organizer: Dr. Rachel Collin STRI, Panama
Registration Fee: $800 (includes room and board, STRI registration fee, etc.). Some need-based fellowships are available.


Kristine White

Georgia College & State University, U.S.A

Lauren Hughes

Natural History Museum, England

Course description:

The course is aimed at students, post-docs, or professionals who are interested in learning about the identification and ecology of amphipod crustaceans. Amphipod diversity in coral reef ecosystems is often understudied, limiting their otherwise immense potential to be bioindicators of ecosystem health.

The students participating in this course will:
-Learn to collect, dissect, identify, and describe amphipods
-Learn general biological and ecological characteristics of many amphipod families
-Gain hands-on experience with collecting and identifying amphipods living among the mangroves and shallow coral reefs of the Bocas del Toro region

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 20th, 2023. 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: ARTS: Understanding Tropical Invertebrate Diversity Through Integrative Revisionary Systematics and Training” (DEB-1856504). 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.