On the job training in family level identification of a hyperdiverse insect group: The Beetles (Coleoptera)

Description of project:
Beetles (Coleoptera) are probably the most diverse organisms in most terrestrial ecosystems worldwide. An understanding of the 180 families is essential for any taxonomic or ecological work involving these animals, but training in family identification is rarely available. The aim of this project is to train students in identification of the beetles at family level, and ‘on the job’ training in the recognition and characterisation of all the major families will be provided by a team of skilled Natural History Museum entomologists. Students will sort tropical beetles, under expert mentor supervision, and learn this essential baseline taxonomic skill.

Training provider Max Barclay and participants Agnese Zauli and Natalie Lindgren (April 2012)

Duration of training:
2 weeks

Training period:
To be discussed with mentor

Target Audience:
This project would be ideal for students, MSc, PhD, postdocs, or early-stage museum professionals, working with or wishing to work with Coleoptera but lacking the necessary family-level identification skills

Practical experiences:
Mostly; almost 100%

Lectures:
Where applicable

Seminars:
Weekly seminars are available

Name of mentor/supervisor:
Maxwell V L Barclay, Curator of Coleoptera

Institution:
The Natural History Museum, London
Department of Entomology
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK

Registration fee:
1600 GBP  
Participants are responsible for their own travel and subsistence expenses.
(reduced registration fee of 1000 GBP when there is more than one participant) 

Registration:
Deadline for registration: 31 January 2013
Participants will be notified by 15 February 2013 whether accepted to the training.
Registration is closed now.

Payment:
Payment details and deadline will be provided upon acceptance to the training.

DEST grants
DEST is offering a number of grants of 500 Euro each to attend this course. In allocating grants, priority will be given to selected participants coming from economically less-favoured regions.

If awarded, DEST will use this grant to pay part of the registration fee (i.e. 500 euro) directly to the course organisers. The participant then only needs to pay the remainder of the registration fee.

Please indicate your interest for a DEST grant when submitting your registration form. If a grant is requested, you should ask a referee to send a letter of recommendation to dest-training@naturalsciences.be