Education

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 webpage for information on rooms offered during these events.

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


NEW! 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 13 to 19, 2018. 

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

 

Bat Conservation International Workshop

BCI SWRS

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 2018! Please visit the following website for more information.

For further information: 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 2018.

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

 

The Bee Course

Bee SWRS Course

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 biologies 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 20 to 30, 2018.

For further information: http://www.amnh.org/our-research/invertebrate-zoology/bee-course

 

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.