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SWRS hosts several advanced training courses and workshops which are offered by outside sources. See the course descriptions below, and please contact the websites provided for further information. Be sure to visit the Class and Workshop Housing and Rates web page for information on rooms offered during these events.

New SWRS Coleoptera Course for 2019!

Beetle Morphology, Classification and Identification

August 10-19

A beetle
Megapurpuricenus magnificus

The SWRS staff and course instructors are excited to offer our first course focusing solely on Coleoptera. Southeastern Arizona has one of the most diverse beetle populations in North America, making it an excellent location for beetle research and education. The course will include a rigorous examination of over 100 families of beetles, half of which can be collected during the course. The course is intended for students, biologists and entomology professionals. The instruction team will include Richard Leschen as the lead instructor and Steven Lingafelter and Christopher Carlton as coordinators. Brittany Owens, Matthew Gimmel, Wendy Moore, Eugene Hall and Margarethe Brummermann will act as course assistants and lecturers.

Please email your applications to swrs@amnh.org by May 1st, 2019. Students will be notified about their acceptance in the month of May.

Trees of the Chiricahua Mountains: A Course on the Biology, Ecology and Drought Adaptations of Desert Trees

View of Cave Creek Canyon from Vista Point in Portal, Arizona.
Rose Rothpletz

A meeting of arborists, naturalists, and biologists to study trees and their adaptations in the Chiricahua Mountains of Southeast Arizona.

October 6 to 12, 2019

Check back soon for the course registration form for 2019. The course schedule will be similar to the 2018 events detailed in the brochure link below. 

 

Biodiversity and Animal Behavior of the Chiricahua Mountains: a Summer Field Camp

A wide view of the entrance to Cave Creek Canyon in Portal, Arizona.
Dr. Howard Topoff

As the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum describes: The Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona include 5 recognized ecological life zones and contain some of the richest reservoirs of plant and animal life on earth. This workshop provides an introduction to the fauna and flora of the Chiricahuas, and includes several studies of the animals (insects, reptiles, and birds) that are adapted to the high desert and mountains. Understanding of the behavior of diverse species helps us appreciate human evolution, and increases our ability to preserve biological diversity through conservation. Our base is The Southwestern Research Station of the American Museum of Natural History. In addition to our own projects, we will have the opportunity to interact with other scientists, attend their seminars, and even accompany them into the field.

July 7 to 13, 2019. 

For more information, please visit the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum webpage.

 

Bat Conservation International Workshop

Four people standing around person holding something in her gloved hands. Some are wearing small head lamps.

BCI presents a comprehensive curriculum for an introductory field workshop designed to train serious students of bat conservation in the current research and management techniques for the study of bats.  Following an intensive 6-day, 5-night agenda, BCI biologists and professional colleagues will bring workshop participants a combination of lectures and discussions, field trips to view bat habitat resources, and hands-on training to catch and identify bats. Participants gain experience with various capture techniques including mist-netting and harp-trapping.  They also use night-vision scopes, bat detectors, AnaBat recording equipment, radio-tracking devices, and light-tagging materials to investigate bats.

May 20 to 27, 2019. 

For further information visit: http://www.batsurveysolutions.com/classes.html

 

The Ant Course

LGAnt Course SWRS

Designed for systematists, ecologists, behaviorists, conservation biologists, and other biologists whose research responsibilities require a greater understanding of ant taxonomy.  Emphasis is on the classification and identification of more than 50 ant genera of North America.  Lectures include background information on the ecology, life histories, and evolution of ants.  Field trips teach collecting and sampling techniques; associated lab work provides instruction on specimen preparation, sorting, and labeling.  Information on equipment/supply vendors, literature, and myrmecological contacts is also presented.  

This course will not be held at the SWRS in 2019.

For further information: http://www.calacademy.org/scientists/ant-course

 

The Bee Course

The AMNH Southwestern Research Station serves scientists studying the flora and fauna of the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona.

Designed primarily for botanists, conservation biologists, pollination ecologists, and other biologists whose research, training, or teaching responsibilities require a greater understanding of bee taxonomy. Emphasizes classification and identification of more than 50 bee genera of North and Central America (both temperate and tropical), and the general information provided is applicable to the global bee fauna. Lectures include background information on the biology of bees, their floral relationships, their importance in maintaining and/or improving floral diversity, and the significance of oligolecty (i.e., taxonomic floral specialization). Field trips acquaint participants with collecting and sampling techniques; associated lab work provides instruction on specimen identification, preparation and labeling. Information on equipment/supply vendors, literature, and people resources is also presented. 

August 18 to 28, 2019.

For further information: https://www.thebeecourse.org

 

Payment Methods for Courses/Workshops Hosted by the SWRS

Preferred methods of payment are 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 participants can contact each other to carpool to and from the station.