Date: Monday August 6th – Thursday August 9h, 2012
Location: National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA
Sponsored by the NSF Research Coordination Network for Haemosporida of Terrestrial Vertebrates1
The NSF-sponsored Research Coordination Network for Haemosporida of Terrestrial Vertebrates (MalariaRCN) is pleased to announce our second annual workshop on the malaria parasites and closely related haemosporidians of natural populations of vertebrates. The four day workshop will include both field and laboratory exercises as well as lectures and discussions led by RCN members2.
Topics to be covered throughout the workshop include vertebrate field capture techniques, blood sampling and preparation of blood smears, sample vouchering and preservation, parasite taxonomy, light microscopy for parasite identification and parasite and cell counts, sequence data analysis, and databasing. Discussion topics will include, but are not limited to, the basic biology, phylogenetics and systematics of Haemosporida, community ecology of parasites, coevolution and the evolution of virulence, and conservation and disease.
All food, lodging and workshop events will take place at the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, a site easily accessible through Washington, D.C. area airports. The workshop will commence on Monday morning, August 6th, and continue through until the evening of Thursday, August 9th.
The workshop is geared towards graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and other investigators new to the field of wildlife haemosporidians. We will be accepting applications in early 2012 and encourage individuals from outside the United States, particularly from developing countries. Applications will be available in early February 2012 through the RCN website. Workshop cost, accommodations, meals, and transportation from the Washington Dulles International Airport will be covered by the RCN grant for workshop participants. In addition, applications for travel funds will be considered. Additional information on the workshop including an overview of the four days of events will be provided with the Second Workshop Announcement as well as on the RCN website (we encourage you to register on the RCN website and become a member of the Malaria Research Coordination Network). In the meantime, further information can be obtained from the workshop organizers (email: MalariaRCNWorkshop@gmail.com).
1 The Research Coordination Network for Haemosporida of Terrestrial Vertebrates (“Malaria RCN”), sponsored by the U. S. National Science Foundation and funded through 2015 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, was established to promote communication among researchers working on the ecology and evolution of haemosporidian parasites of vertebrate wildlife populations. Please visit the website for the network (malariarcn.org) for more information.
2 Workshop organizers include Robert Ricklefs (University of Missouri – St. Louis), Ellen Martinsen (Smithsonian Institution), Staffan Bensch (Lund University), Gediminas Valkiunas (Nature Research Center, Vilnius), Carter Atkinson (USGS), and Ravinder Sehgal (San Francisco State University). Other members of this RCN include Patricia Parker (University of Missouri – St. Louis), Robert Fleischer (Smithsonian Institution), Susan Perkins (American Museum of Natural History), Tom Smith (University of California, Los Angeles), and Robert Adlard (Queensland Museum).