Taxonomic skills and field techniques for freshwater ecology and quality: a short course

A course about freshwater ecology and water quality designed for environmental science researchers and PhD students by the Museum's fresh water biology and biodiversity specialists.

March 17-21 2014 (5 days)


Natural History Museum, London, UK.

The course covers the taxonomic skills and field techniques needed for freshwater sciences and water quality research.

Participants will be taught by experts in freshwater biology and biodiversity research from the Museum.

They will learn

  • how to use handbooks and keys for taxonomic identification and microscopy
  • acquired field technique skills
  • understand best practice in collecting, preparing and preserving specimens
  • know principles of experimental design, quantitative methodologies and statistical data analysis
  • to take the techniques back to their lab and research work
  • participants will gain expertise to meet the needs and challenges of their current and future careers

There will be 

  • two days of lectures and demonstrations
  • three days of practical sessions
    • one field day in the New Forest
    • two days in the herbarium/laboratory

See full course outline

How to apply

Please download and complete the application form and return by the closing date, January 10 2014.

Application form

The course is available to all environmental sciences students or junior environmental scientists.

There are 15 places available and priority will be given to those with NERC funding.

Contact us

For further information about this course please contact:

Anne Jungblut
Dr Anne Jungblut

Researching cyanobacterial diversity and ecology in the Genomics and Microbial Biodiversity Division, Department of Life Sciences.


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