Tropical field botany

Description of project:
A tropical field trip is a unique opportunity for students to be confronted with unfamiliar plants and vegetation, providing a valuable educational experience and widening opportunities for subsequent employment. It also offers the chance to undertake qualitative and quantitative ecological surveys and provides experience in botanical collecting. The current field course in Belize allows students to study the ecology and flora of central America and become familiar with important neotropical plant families and genera. 

It is designed to provide training in conducting fieldwork in unfamiliar territory where a pragmatic approach needs to be taken in setting and achieving scientific objectives.

This field trip is being organized in the framework of the MSc in the Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants, established by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh. One or two places are reserved to participants who register through DEST.

Duration of training:
2 weeks

Location: 
Belize

Training period:
10-24 January 2014

Target Audience:
Master students, PhD’s, professionals
Size of audience: about 20

Practical experiences:
Plant identification, ecological surveys, collecting techniques; daily practical exercises. 
At the end of the fieldtrip knowledge is checked with a plant identification exam using sterile material. Student keep a logbook that is also evaluated.

Seminars:
Experts give a daily update on fieldwork.

Course language: 
English

Name of mentor/supervisor:
Dr. Louis Ronse De Craene

Institution:
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR, United Kingdom

Registration fee:
Travel costs are at the expense of the participant. The participant also needs to take adequate insurance and necessary vaccinations.

Accommodation: 
Participants will stay at 2-3 safe field centres, which are fully catered for. Transport from the airport and between the field centres is organized.

Registration: 
Deadline for registration: 30 November 2013. Call is closed now.
The number of spaces is limited and applications will be vetted on a one-to-one basis.

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