The staff of the SERTC were able to collaborate with regional
experts to design and host several successful taxonomic identification
workshops between 2004 and 2005. Due to a lack of funding, no
more SERTC workshops are planned in the near future.
If you would like more information on the topics covered in
one of our previous workshops (details below) please contact
Dr. Peter Kingsley-Smith at email@example.com.
Amphipod Taxonomy Workshop,
October 10-13, 2005 (instructed by Dr. James Thomas, Dr. Richard
Heard, and Sara LeCroy). This workshop focused on practical techniques
and procedures used in amphipod taxonomy and identification. Through
a series of presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises,
participants gained knowledge and expertise on the biology, ecology,
and behavior of this diverse and abundant peracarid crustacean group.
The instruction methods emphasized a blend of traditional taxonomic
methodology and the tools of modern technology. Upon completing
the workshop, participants were able to readily identify and diagnose
amphipod crustaceans, as well as prepare identification guides and
on the Identification of Echinoderms from the Atlantic Coast of
the Southeastern United States, May 2-4, 2005 (instructed by
Dr. David Pawson, NMNH and Dr. Stephen Stancyk, USC). This workshop
served to train advanced students, educators, and scientists in
the systematics and identification of the Echinodermata of the southeastern
United States. Emphasis was placed on diagnostic morphological characteristics
and the use of keys. Over three days, participants gained practical
knowledge in the identification of the echinoderms and a grasp of
their diversity, systematics, ecology and reproductive biology.
The Larval Fish Taxonomic
Workshop, January 11-14, 2005 (instructed by Dr. John Olney,
VIMS, Dr. John McGovern, NMFS/NOAA, and Dr. Joanne Lyczkowski-Shultz,
NMFS/NOAA). This workshop focused on training advanced students,
educators, and scientists in the systematics and identification
of larval fish of the Southeastern United States. Over four days,
participants were instructed on the identification of larvae of
regional fish families, with emphasis on the use of keys. Students
were also taught dissecting, staining and preservation techniques
and given an overview of current teleostean systematics.
The 6th Crustacean DELTA Workshop, October
25-29, 2004. (instructed by Jim Lowry,
Australian Museum, and
Terry Macfarlane, Western Australian Herbarium). This workshop served
to train taxonomists to use DELTA
(DEscriptive Language for TAxonomy), a windows based taxonomic
database that stores morphological data and illustrations and them
available in the form of natural language descriptions, illustrated
interactive keys, and as output for phylogenetic analyses.
on Taxonomy and Identification of Marine Fishes, with an Emphasis
on Western North Atlantic Species, July 13-15, 2004. (instructed
by Dr. Antony Harold, GML/CofC, and Dr. Randall Mooi, Milwaukee
Public Museum). This workshop served to train participants in the
systematics and identification of marine fishes of the southeastern
United States. Designed for graduate students, postdoctoral investigators,
other investigators studying the biology of marine fishes, and professional
resource managers, the workshop provided an introduction to fish
taxonomy, phylogenetic systematics, curatorial issues in research,
and an introduction to the use and application of dichotomous keys
and descriptive accounts. Field activities aboard the R/V ANITA
of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources allowed students
to obtain an array of fresh material for identification in the laboratory.
Taxonomic Workshop on the Identification
of Decapod Crustacea from the Atlantic Coast of the Southeastern
United States, January 21-23, 2004. (instructed by
Dr. Darryl Felder, UL Lafayette, Dr. Richard Heard, USM,
and Dr. Elizabeth Wenner, SCDNR). This workshop served to train
advanced students, educators, and scientists in the systematics
and identification of decapods of the Southeastern United States.
Emphasis was placed on diagnostic morphological characteristics
and the use of keys.
To obtain further information
Contact Dr. Peter Kingsley-Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org