UTMN to Host Soil Acarology Field Course for Junior Researchers

Research and Innovations 6 September 2017

The fifth Soil Zoology and Ecology Field Course for Junior Researchers will be organized in Tyumen, September 18-22, 2017. This year, the course will focus on Soil Acarology. Participants are selected on a competitive basis with preference given to PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and, in exceptional cases, motivated Master level students from Russia and other countries.

World-renowned scholars will give lectures to the Field Course participants. The list of international lecturers includes:

  • Dr. Roy Norton, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York, USA: taxonomy, ecology, and evolution of oribatid mites;

  • Dr. Edwin Lewis, Associate Dean for Agricultural Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis, USA; Editor-in-Chief of the “Biological Control” journal: soil nematology;

  • Dr. Badamdorj Bayartogtokh, Director of the National University of Mongolia School of Arts and Science, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: regional soil fauna;

  • Dr. Maria Minor, Head of the Soil Zoology laboratory of the Institute of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand: community ecology of soil invertebrates;

  • Dr. Pavel Klimov, research fellow of the Zoology Museum, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, and senior researcher of the University of Tyumen, Tyumen, Russia; expert in bioinformatics for the US National Science Foundation: evolutionary biology of mites.

Russian lecturers will come from the Severtsov Institute for Problems of Ecology and Evolution, Moscow; the Borissiak Paleontological Institute, Moscow; the Agrophysical Institute, St. Petersburg; and the Institute of Systematics and Ecology of Animals, Novosibirsk.

The University of Tyumen is Russia’s leading research center of Soil Acarology.

Participants will have a chance to study a wide spectrum of soil invertebrate taxonomic groups: all macro-taxa of soil mites (suborders Oribatida, Astigmata, Prostigmata and Mesostigmata), as well as nematodes, springtales, and small ground beetles (Carabidae). Special attention will be paid to soil as a habitat: modern soil classifications, cropland soil specifics, and soil organic content. Moreover, the Course’s participants may learn new methods to study soil inhabitants. These methods include using optical and electron microscopy in soil zoology research, laboratory-based cultivation of the soil inhabitants, soil zoology and environmental analysis, and bioinformatics for soil zoology research.

The Course will also pay significant attention to the basics of grant application, writing and management, using science metrics for research strategy development, and preparing research articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

All Course participants are expected to present their current research projects and results at the poster session. The Course’s participants will also be given chance to publish in the UTMN journal Acarina, indexed by Scopus.

Previously, the Soil Zoology and Ecology Field Courses were held in Novosibirsk, Arkhangelsk, Penza, and Moscow. UTMN’s Lukashino Field Station will host the event for the first time.

The partners of the Field Course include the Severtsov Institute for Problems of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Agricultural University of Northern Trans-Urals.

Source: UTMN Office of Strategic Communications

Link to Russian version: https://www.utmn.ru/presse/novosti/nauka-segodnya/307908/

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