[Coral-List] STRI Caribbean Sponge Course

Robert Thacker thacker at uab.edu
Mon Dec 19 10:35:33 EST 2005

Apologies for cross-postings.

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Bocas Research Station Presents

A Short-Course In


July 17-28, 2006

Bocas Research Station, Bocas del Toro, Panama.

Registration Fee: $400 (some fellowships are available).

Instructors:    Dr. Cristina Diaz, Smithsonian Institution
                 Dr. Robert W. Thacker, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Over 100 species of marine sponges have been reported in the Bocas del Toro 
region of Panama.  This course will focus on morphological taxonomy, 
enabling field identification of the common Caribbean species.  We will 
also conduct field surveys to provide baseline data for conservation at the 
Bocas Research Station and in the Isla Bastimentos marine reserve.  In 
addition, students will complete independent projects aimed at stimulating 
interest in conducting future research at the Bocas Research Station.

Application:  This course is directed towards graduate students and 
advanced Licenciado candidates and will be conducted in English.  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 Dr. Rachel 
Collin at: CollinR at naos.si.edu before March 1, 2006.  Enrollment is limited 
to 10 students.

For more information see http://striweb.si.edu/taxonomy/

Robert W. Thacker, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
109 Campbell Hall
1300 University Boulevard
Birmingham, AL  35294-1170
voice: 205-934-4006
fax: 205-975-6097

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