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

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

March 9-13 2015 (5 days)


Natural History Museum, London, UK.

This course delivers training in taxonomic skills and field techniques for freshwater sciences, ecology and water quality, with training in practical identification skills tailored to the requirements of participants.

The course is taught by Museum experts in freshwater biology and biodiversity research.

Participants will learn:

  • taxonomy and identification of major freshwater groups
  • how to use handbooks and keys for taxonomic identification and microscopy
  • microscopy techniques
  • sampling techniques, recording protocols for species lists, community assessment and monitoring
  • techniques for water chemistry analysis
  • data analysis methods, quantitative methodologies and experiments field design
  • approaches to integrating taxonomic data and physical and chemical properties of freshwater aquatic habitats
  • preservation of different aquatic freshwater groups for voucher specimens and long-term storage

There will be:

  • two days of lectures
  • 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, 28 December 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.

For further information please contact Anne D Jungblut.

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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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