The pre-meeting courses will be held on UDLA campus on July 21 and 22 2018, and each participant can take only one course given that they are held simultaneously.

The courses will be taught in Spanish unless otherwise indicated in the description. For this reason, most of the course details below are in Spanish.

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Pre-meeting courses:

The course Taxonomy and Ecology of Odonats has reached FULL CAPACITY and the registration is closed!

The course TAXONOMY AND ECOLOGY OF ODONATS will focus on studying Odonata larvae. The goal is to provide the students with the tools and knowledge necessary to work with the taxonomy and ecology of this diverse group of aquatic insects.

Instructors:

  • Dr. Pablo Pessacq: Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia, Argentina
  • Dr. Alonso Ramírez: Universidad de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
  • Dra. Danielle Anjos dos Santos: Centro de Investigación Esquel de Montaña y Estepa Patagonica, Argentina
  • Dr. Javier Muzón: Universidad Nacional de Avellaneda (UNDAV), Argentina

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The course TRICHOPTERA: TAXONOMY focuses on the following topics: collection techniques, specimen preparation and fixation, morphology, literature, genitalia and wings preparation, family keys, identification of common genera, general biology and distribution. The course will be taught in English and Spanish.
Instructors:

  • Dr. Ralph Holzenthal, University of Minnesota, USA
  • PhDc Ernesto Rázuri, doctoral candidate University of Minnesota, USA

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The goal of the course TAXONOMY, DISTRIBUTION AND ECOLOGY OF HIGH-ANDEAN CHRONOMIDAE is to provide students with knowledge related to chironomids are their importance in the river ecology, as well as their possible use as bioindicators. Studies carried out in the high Andean zone show that, same as the rest of the biological community, chironomids are also influenced by natural and anthropic factors.

Instructors:

  • Dr. Christian Villamarín, Universidad de Las Américas, Ecuador
  • Dr. Narcís Prat, Universidad de Barcelona, Spain

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The course Introduction to the study of Limnoplancton has reached FULL CAPACITY and the registration is closed!

The course INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF LIMNOPLANCTON is focused on recognizing the theoretical principles and methodological tools of the study of the plankton of neotropical continental waters, as bases to deepend and expand the knowledge and research of the lentic environments of Ecuador.

Instructors:

  • Dra. Miriam Steinitz-Kannan, Northern Kentucky University, USA
  • Dr. Carlos López: Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Ecuador, y Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela

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The course BIOECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF CONTINENTAL ICHTHYOFAUNA  will summarize theoretical and practical information  on taxonomy, biogeography and bioecology of inland fish. Together with habitat indicator variables and updated methods and protocols, this knowledge will allow the development of adequate analysis and assessments of fish populations and communities, mainly in terms of their integrity and conservation.

Instructor: Dr. Douglas Rodríguez Olarte, Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado, Venezuela

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The advanced course on BIOMONITORING OF TROPICAL RIVERS will allow students and professionals to expand and update their knowledge and the application of this important tool in the evaluation, management and conservation of tropical rivers. The fundamental goal of the course is to provide the participants with the theoretical and methodological tools that allow the application of bioevaluation methods as an instrument for evaluating the ecological integrity of tropical lotic ecosystems.

Instructor: Dr. José Elí Rincón-Ramírez, Universidad de Zulia, Venezuela

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The course INTRODUCTION TO STABLE ISOTOPES IN AQUATIC SYSTEMS will introduce students to the use of stable isotopes in hydrology and ecology. First, we will focus on the measurement, tracing, and linkage of water isotopes in and among hydrologic components of the earth system at the catchment scale. This will be followed by examination of isotopes in aquatic food webs, considering aspects of organic matter sources in the diets of organisms and their trophic positions. The course will be given in English.

Instructors:

  • Dr. Timothy D. Jardine, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Dr. Jeffrey McDonnell, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Dr. Francisco Villamarín, Universidad Regional Amazónica (Ikiam), Ecuador

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The goal of the ACADEMIC WRITING course is to facilitate the publication of research studies, through the application of essential concepts and practices during the manuscript writing process.

Instructors:

  • Dra. Elisa Bonaccorso, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
  • Dr. Juan Manuel Guayasamin, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
  • Dr. Esteban Suárez, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

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