Enrollment for the fourth offering of HYM Course, scheduled for August 5–12, 2012 at Tovetorp Zoological Research Station, Sweden, is CLOSED. Please check this website periodically for new information regarding HYM Course. The application can be downloaded by clicking here.
HYM Course 2012 will be offered at Tovetorp Zoological Research Station in conjunction with hymenopterists from Sweden. Tovetorp, located ~100 km southwest of Stockholm, is owned and operated by Stockholm University. The main objective of the course is to provide participants with knowledge and experience in identifying parasitic and predatory wasps, sawflies, wood wasps, bees, and ants. We will also present information on the natural history of wasps, bees, and ants, and that information will be reinforced with fieldwork. Techniques used to collect, rear, preserve, and curate wasps, bees, and ants will be presented in a hands-on manner to allow participants to learn directly by doing.
A special feature of HYM Course 2012 is a one-day symposium on the "Systematics and Biodiversity of Hymenoptera in Boreal Ecosystems." The symposium will consist of the following speakers from Sweden and the U.S.:
Dr. Matthew Buffington (Systematic Entomology Laboratory, U.S.A.)
Dr. Mattias Forshage (Swedish Museum of Natural History)
Dr. Michael Gates (Systematic Entomology Laboratory, U.S.A.)
Mr. Dave Karlsson (Station Linné, Sweden)
Dr. Seraina Klopfstein (Swedish Museum of Natural History)
Dr. Robert Kula (Systematic Entomology Laboratory, U.S.A.)
Dr. Johan Liljeblad (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
Dr. Göran Nordlander (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
Dr. Fredrik Ronquist (Swedish Museum of Natural History/Stockholm University)
Ms. Julia Stigenberg (Swedish Museum of Natural History/Stockholm University)
Dr. Hege Vårdal (Swedish Museum of Natural History)
Dr. Lars Vilhelmsen (Natural History Museum of Denmark/University of Copenhagen)
Financial aid is available to eligible applicants from Sweden and Norway through the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative and ForBio (Research School in Biosystematics), respectively. Recipients will be selected upon review of applications in conjunction with those organizations.
Hymenoptera of the World: an Identification Guide to Families, edited by H. Goulet and J. Huber, 1993, is the main reference used for the course. This book provides well-illustrated keys to all superfamilies and families, as well as subfamilies in some cases. Recommended texts/online resources for the course are:
1. Goulet, H. and J. T. Huber. 1993. Hymenoptera of the World: an Identification Guide to Families. Agriculture Canada, Ottawa. 668 pp. Available as free downloadable PDF file at www.esc-sec.ca/aafcmono.html
2. Gibson, G. A. P., J. T. Huber, and J. B. Woolley. 1997. Annotated Keys to the Genera of Nearctic Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera). NRC Research Press, Ottawa. 794 pp.
3. Wharton, R. A., P. M. Marsh, and M. J. Sharkey. 1997. Manual of the New World Genera of the Family Braconidae (Hymenoptera). Special Publication No. 1. International Society of Hymenopterists, Washington, D.C. 439 pp.
4. van Achterberg, C. 1993. Illustrated key to the subfamilies of the Braconidae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea). Zoologische Verhandelingen 283: 1–189.
5. An online version of the key portion of: Grissell, E. E. and M. E. Schauff. 1990. A handbook of the families of Nearctic Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera). Entomological Society of Washington (Washington, D.C.) Handbook 1: 1-85. Available at peet.tamu.edu/projects/77/public/site/chalcidkey/home
A few copies of references 1–3 listed above will be available for use at the course; reference 1 can be downloaded prior to the course. Participants will be given printouts of pertinent sections for the references listed above (e.g., keys and corresponding illustrations). We encourage participants to acquire these references independently in advance of the course if possible.
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