Melanie Colón Posted February 8, 2018 Share Posted February 8, 2018 2018 SUMMER FIELD COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTTROPICAL AVIAN ECOLOGY (TAE C-18)COURSE LOCATION: Bocas del Toro Biological Station, Boca del Drago, IslaColon, Republic of Panama. The biological station is located on a hillfacing Almirante Bay and Volcan Baru on the mainland. Coral reef andlowland tropical rainforest ecosystems are immediately accessible from thefield station. This juxtaposition of the two most biologically diverseecosystems along with Panama's rich cultural diversity provides tremendousopportunities for education and research. See http://www.itec-edu.org fordetails.INSTRUCTOR: Julio Gallardo, Ph.D. cand., Department of Wildlife, Fisheriesand Aquaculture, Mississippi State University, USGS Mississippi CooperativeFish and Wildlife Research Unit, Phone: 662-341-6617. Email:email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.orgCOURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will start with a gentle introduction to theecology of tropical birds and their habitats. We will then analyzefundamental concepts of evolution and ecology and discuss bird conservationissues. The main purpose of the course is to provide students with arelevant background in ecology, biogeography, and evolution to build anunderstanding of natural history as it links to social issues and birdconservation in the tropical Americas. We will be discussing ecologicalconstraints that shape bird diversity in terms of behavioral adaptations,habitats, sexual selection and the evolution of tropical birds. The coursewill be composed of lectures and critiques of research articles aiming tofoster class discussions in which students will help each other breakdownarguments into their various components to question and evaluate them. Wewill also spend a good amount of time outdoors watching birds, linking classwith field observations. Through the length of the course, we will nurse thevalue of educated observations in ecology to identify patterns, askquestions, and find creative answers to practical problems. Students willlearn the principles of bird study design and the basic use of analyticaltools to address a research question and conservation needs. The courseincludes a practical component, where students will design and implementfield projects individually and in small groups.COURSE TOPICS:· Introduction to the tropicsTropical originsTropical environments· Introduction to Neotropical birdsIntroduction to bird identificationNeotropical bird familiesBiogeography of Neotropical avifaunaBirds of Central America and Panama· Behavioral Ecology of tropical birdsLife history traits and breeding seasonsPrincipals of sexual selection and mating systemsTerritoriality and communication· Niche concept and tropical birdsEvolution of the conceptAbundance, distribution, and nicheNiche on a macroscale· Introduction to bird migrationThe migratory processMigration patternsPopulation constraints and migrationBird migration in the Americas· Introduction to tropical island ecologyIntroduction to island theoryIsland biotas and island adaptationsIsland Conservation· Animal abundance estimationReasons behind commonness and rarity: the big pictureSpeciation in the tropicsIntroduction to habitat selection in birds· From populations to communitiesIntroduction to populationIntroduction to community ecologyMeasures of diversity· Project designHow to design a research projectBehavioral studiesMonitoring projects· Data management and analysisIntroduction to statistical inferenceIntroduction to program RBasic statistical tools in RIntroduction to abundance and occupancy modeling in RREADINGS: Readings corresponding to lecture-topics will be assigned from thecourse text and from relevant articles in the primary literature. Inaddition, each student will read, critique, and provide oral reports onpublished papers from the primary literature.REQUIRED TEXTS: Hilty, S. 2005. Birds of the tropical Americas: a watcher¹sintroduction to behavior, breeding and diversity. Texas University Press,Austin, TX. Kricher, J. 2017. The new Neotropical companion. PrincetonUniversity Press, Princeton. Angehr, G.R. and R. Dean, 2010. The Birds ofPanama, Zona Tropical Publications, Ithaca, New York.FIELD BOOK: A field book will be required in the course. The field book willcontain all data related to group projects and the independent researchproject. The field book should also contain all other incidentalobservations such as species lists, bird behavioral notes, etc., and containdetailed location information. The field book must be waterproof and eitherpencil or waterproof ink used to record data.BOQUETE CLOUD FOREST FIELD TRIP: This field trip will allow students theopportunity to visit other areas of Panama, to experience Panamanianculture, and to visit tropical cloud and seasonal forests firsthand. Wetravel in ITEC boats to the mainland and then by chartered bus to Boquetewhich lies at the base of 11,000 ft. Volcan Baru. The bus trip will take usup and over the central mountain range and through Palo Seco Protected Area.Several stops will be made in route.COURSE LENGTH: ITEC Summer field courses are about four weeks in length.The TAE C-18 course will run from July 15, through August 9, 2018.TUITION: $2250 USD. Tuition fee includes all lodging, meals and airporttransfers in Bocas del Toro. The tuition also covers transportation andlodging during the 3-day cloud forest field trip on the mainland. A $100lab fee is applicable to this course.REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 15, 2018. The course is limited to 10 studentsand applications will be evaluated as they arrive. Applications can befound at http://www.itec-edu.org/application.pdfhttp://www.itec-edu.org/application.pdf> . If you believe that yourapplication may arrive late, notify ITEC.GRADING & CREDIT: Up to 6 units of credit will be given, 3 for the lectureportion and 3 for the field portion. A letter grade will be assigned basedon exams, research reports and presentations, lecture attendance, andparticipation in discussions and activities. Course credit must be arrangedat the student's institution. Contact ITEC for details.CONTACT: Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, 2911 NW 40th PL,Gainesville, FL 32605, phone: 352-367-9128, email: email@example.com , web: http://www.itec-edu.orghttp://www.itec-edu.org/> . ITEC is a 501©(3) non-profit organizationfounded in 1996. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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