International Course on Annelid Systematics, Morphology and Evolution
The University Museum of Bergen (University of Bergen, Norway), Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia), SPIRE (Strategic Programme for International Research and Education), ForBio (Research School in Biosystematics), and SIU (Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education) jointly offer an International Course on Annelid Systematics, Morphology and Evolution.
Photo by C. Helm (a, d, f), A. Weigert (b, c), A. Smith (e), E. Vortsepneva & N. Budaeva (g), E. Vortsepneva (h), A. Zhadan & E. Vortsepneva (i).
We aim to provide participants with a unique opportunity to get state of the art knowledge in various aspects of annelid biology as well as hands-on experience in the field and laboratory study of annelid worms. The course will cover a wide range of annelid taxa including major macrobenthic forms, interstitial and pelagic annelids. The lectures will address various theoretical questions in annelid biology, morphology, development, systematics, phylogeny and evolution. We will also cover several methods used in annelid studies including morphological methods (histology, cLSM, SEM, TEM) and molecular techniques (barcoding, species delimitation, phylogenetic approaches, genomic studies). During the lab work we will study external and internal morphology of selected annelid taxa, perform dissections and preparations of slides. We will also attempt to perform artificial fertilization in selected species and trace early development in annelids. Species used in the course will be collected by the students during the field trips in the vicinity of the Station. We plan intertidal and small boat trips, as well as five collecting trips on board of a research vessel ‘Hans Brattström’.
Espegrend Marine Biological Station has excellent laboratory and accommodation facilities. The station is located close to Bergen airport (Flesland) and is also within a short drive to the city centre, where the main University Museum of Bergen facilities are located.
Günter Purschke, University of Osnabrück, Germany
Alexander Tzetlin, White Sea Biological Station, Moscow State University, Russia https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alexander_Tzetlin/publications
Ken Halanych, Auburn University, USA
Andreas Hejnol, Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, Norway
Conrad Helm, Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, Norway
Glafira Kolbasova, White Sea Biological Station, Moscow State University, Russia https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Glafira_Kolbasova
Maria Capa, University Museum, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Nadezhda Rimskaya-Korsakova, Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology, Moscow State University, Russia
Elena Vortsepneva, Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology, Moscow State University, Russia
Elena Kupriyanova, Australian Museum, Australia
M. Teresa Aguado, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
Christoph Bleidorn, Spanish National Research Council, Madrid, Spain
Endre Willassen, University Museum of Bergen, University of Bergen, Norway
Jon Kongsrud, University Museum of Bergen, University of Bergen, Norway
Tom Alvestad, University Museum of Bergen, University of Bergen, Norway
Katrine Kongshavn, University Museum of Bergen, University of Bergen, Norway
Organizer: Nataliya Budaeva (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ForBio coordinator: Aino Hosia (email@example.com)
Target group: Master and PhD level students in zoology and marine biology, postdocs may also be considered. Maximum 15 students.
Due to funding conditions, students from Norway and Russia as well as ForBio members and associates will be given a priority in the selection process. Find out about how to become a ForBio member here. Up to five places are reserved for the students from other countries.
Course fee: No course fee required from students.
Accommodation costs: student shared accommodation NOK 150/day; student bench fee NOK 50/day.
Financial aid: Students associates with a Norwegian University/Research Institute/Enterprise or a Russian University/Research Institute are fully covered in their expenses including travel, accommodation and bench fee.
Applicants outside Norway or Russia may apply for financial support to cover their accommodation and bench fee. Travel costs of non-Norwegian/Russian students will not be covered.
Meals are covered for all course participants.
Registration: Please fill in the online application here.
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