This course will not be held in 2017.
This course follows the popular template of other insect taxonomy courses offered at the Southwestern Research Station. The team of anticipated course instructors includes Nico Franz (Arizona State University), Robert Anderson (Canadian Museum of Nature), Charles O'Brien (Green Valley, AZ).
The Weevil Course is targeted towards students, postdocs, and other biologists who have a strong interest in understanding weevil diversity and taxonomy. A limited number of student and postdoc stipends are available for qualified applicants (see link to application below). 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. Lab identification practices will introduce key identification resources and focus on recognizing key diagnostic features for weevil families, subfamilies, genera, and (where suitable) species. These practices will draw upon a wide range of reference taxa provided by the instructor team. Field trips to diverse shrub and desert habitats of the surrounding Coronado National Forest will provide participants with specialized collecting, sampling, and observation techniques for weevils.
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Preferred methods of payment
Personal check, traveler's checks, certified check, or money order, made payable to SWRS. If you need to use a credit card, please purchase a certified check, traveler's checks, or money order with your credit card. We ask that you keep in mind the Station is a non-profit organization and fees for credit card charges continue to increase. Otherwise, call 520-558-2396 if you need to pay with a Visa or MasterCard credit card.
If you reside outside the United States, please submit your payment in the form of a certified check, money order, or bank transfer in the net amount of your fees in U.S. Dollars. As above, if you need to use a credit card, please purchase a certified check, money order, traveler's checks, or arrange a bank transfer with your credit card. Please contact the Station to obtain details for a bank transfer to SWRS. We ask that you keep in mind the Station is a non-profit organization and fees for credit card charges continue to increase. Otherwise, call 520-558-2396 if you need to pay with a Visa or MasterCard credit card.
Transportation costs between home and Tucson (air) and the SWRS (auto) are to be borne by all participants. As participants register, we will send out email addresses so that participants can contact each other to carpool to and from the station.