Arizona Lep course, August 2011

Bruce Walsh jbwalsh at
Fri Mar 11 09:12:47 EST 2011

A second lep course for all!
Date:  14-22 August 2011

Held at the SouthWest Research Station (SWRS) in the Chirichahua Mountains in SE
Arizona (a 2 1/2 hour drive from Tucson), the focus of the lep course is to
train graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and serious citizen-scientists in
the classification and identification of adult lepidoptera and their larvae.

Topics to be covered include an extensive introduction into adult and larval
morphology with a focus on taxonomically-important traits, extensive field work
on both adults and larvae, collecting and curatoral techniques, genitalic
dissection and preparation, larval classification, use (and abuse) of DNA bar
coding, and general issues in lepidoptera systematics, ecology, and evolution.


With its extensive series of Sky-Island mountain ranges, SE Arizona has the
highest lepidoptera diversity in the US. With low desert scrub, oak and mixed
oak-pine woodland, lush riparian, juniper, Douglas fir, and mountain meadow
habitats all within a 40 minute drive from the station, the SWRS is an ideal
location from which to sample this diversity (of both habitats and species).


Dr. John Brown, USDA and the Smithsonian Museum
Professor Richard Brown, Mississippi Entomological Museum, Mississipi State
P. D. Hulce, SW Research Station
Dr. Sangmi Lee, Mississippi State University,
Dr. Jim Miller, American Museum of Natural History
Professor Ray Nagle, University of Arizona
Dr. Chris Schmidt, Canadian National Collection
Professor Bruce Walsh, University of Arizona
Additional Instructors TBA

website for application, further info


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