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Diversity and Identification of Southern Appalachian Leaf Litter Arthropods
June 20 - June 24
Instructors: Dr. Mike Caterino (Clemson University) and Dr. Paul Marek (Virginia Tech)
A hands-on introduction to field and lab methods for the sampling and identification of arthropods living in leaf litter. Litter sifting will be practiced in multiple habitats. Following Berlese extraction of specimens, students will learn to identify the major groups and conduct preliminary comparisons of diversity among samples and habitat types.
Prerequisites: General biology required. A course in general entomology would be useful but not critical.
Cost: $500 course fee + $300 housing fee (if staying on-site).
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