Taxonomic skills and field techniques for freshwater ecology and quality

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A short course about freshwater taxonomic and fieldwork skills.

Designed for environmental science researchers and PhD students, the course is taught by Museum taxonomy experts.

Course content

The course offers specialist training relating to aquatic invertebrates (insects), aquatic lichen, ciliates and microalgae (diatoms, green, yellow-green algae, chrysophytes, dinoflagellates and cyanobacteria).

The course includes:

  • two days of lectures
  • three days of practical sessions, comprising one day in the field and two days in the laboratory/collections


By the end of the course participants will:

  • know how to use handbooks and keys for taxonomic identification and microscopy
  • have acquired field technique skills
  • understand best practice in collecting, preparing and preserving specimens
  • understand principles of experimental design, quantitative methodologies and statistical data analysis
  • have the confidence to take the techniques back to their lab and research work

For more details, please download the full course description (PDF 495KB).

Dates and times

A five day course:

21-25 May 2018

Daily: 9.30-17.30

Closing date: 16 March 2018

How to apply

The course is available to environmental science researchers and PhD students. There are 15 spaces available, and priority will be given to those with NERC funding.

Download and complete the application form (Word 22.5KB) and return it to the address listed on the form by the closing date 16 March 2018.

Applicants will be contacted by 20 March 2018 and notified whether a place has been allocated.

Contact us

For more information about course content please contact Anne D Jungblut.

For administrative questions (eg travel, accommodation) please contact Laura Miles.

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