Course: UCopenhagen_Panama.TropicalEvolution

*University of Copenhagen Graduate Course:
Tropical Behavioural Ecology and in *
*Course summary: *
The course will provide an overview of the patterns and processes that determine tropical and of the ecology of key invertebrate model systems. The program is designed for graduate students at all levels and includes a three week preparation phase in Copenhagen (online for graduate students elsewhere), where students will prepare and discuss literature, and a personal field project proposal (in the STRI short-term format) with instructors to ensure scientific interest and feasibility. Once in Panama (May 2013), students will focus on personal research projects which will be supervised by the instructors to maximize the probability of obtaining publishable results. A small group project designed by course instructors or STRI scientists will expose students to specific research techniques and study organisms as well as promote collaborative research. Students will read, review, and discuss the work of their peers, attend lectures/tutorials and excursions throughout the stay in Panama. A final report in manuscript form will be submitted 16 days after the field component in Panama (June 12th). Students will have the opportunity to interact with STRI researchers and become familiar with infrastructural aspects of tropical research in behavioural ecology and evolution at the world renowned Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
*Registration period: *Nov. 1st -March 8th
Space is limited to 16 Ph.D. and M.Sc. students therefore an application procedure is necessary. Personal motivation and submission of the required permit paperwork will be part of the admission criteria in case the course becomes oversubscribed. General observation permits are provided but Ph.D. students are encouraged to apply for personal permits before Jan. 1st to allow collection and exportation of specimens relevant for vouchering and research.
*Course dates: *

* *April 6th-29th (online preparation and proposal writing)

May 2nd to 27th (field course in Gamboa, Panama)

June 12th (final paper due, oral exams for M.Sc. students enrolled at the University of Copenhagen will take place June 21st in Denmark)

*Fees: *
* *This 15 ECTS course is subsidized by the Centre for Social Evolution at the University of Copenhagen (*http://socialevolution.ku.dk/*) but will still carry a fee of Dkr 9000 (1200 or $1485) for the 26 day field component in Panama. Expenses for transportation in Panama (trucks, boats and charter buses), accommodations, and meals will be covered but students will arrange to pay their flights and personal research permits. Small stipends may be awarded to qualified Panamanian students. * *
*For more information and how to apply for the course please go to:*
http://www1.bio.ku.dk/english/research/oe/cse/kurser

and
http://megalomyrmex.com/Teaching.html
It is essential that you also contact Rachelle Adams personally at

*rmmadams@gmail.com* for further information on admission

procedures.
*Main instructors and organizers:*
-Dr. Rachelle M. M. Adams, CSE University of Copenhagen and Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellow
-Dr. Jacobus J Boomsma, Professor, CSE University of Copenhagen, STRI Senior
-Dr. Jonathan Z. Shik, North Carolina State University Postdoctoral Fellow

Rachelle M.M. Adams Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Centre for Social Evolution

Department of Biology

University of Copenhagen

Universitetsparken 15

DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
Smithsonian Institution Evolution Fellow

Department of Entomology

Smithsonian Institution

PO Box 37012

NHB, MRC 188, Rm. CE-518

Washington, DC 20013-7012

Tel.: 202-633-1002 (Office)
E-mail addresses:

RAdams@bio.ku.dk

rmmadams@gmail.com
Websites:
http://www1.bio.ku.dk/english/research/oe/cse/personer/rachelle/
http://entomology.si.edu/StaffPages/AdamsRMM.html
http://www.megalomyrmex.com

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