Avian parasitology on a migratory flyway

Tel-Hai College is pleased to  invite you to a six-day intensive field course that will take place in a major migratory flyway

Course dates: 3-8 November 2019

Location: Tel-Hai College and the Hula Research Center

Application deadline: August 23, 2019 

Acceptance Notification Date: August 30, 2019

Course Registration Open: August 30, 2019

Course Registration Closed: September 6, 2019

Travel Grant Application Due: September 6, 2019

Travel Grant Notification: September 13, 2019

Credits from Tel Hai: 3 academic credit points

  • Students can obtain credit points subject to the home institution approval.

 

 Faculty

Dr. Amanda Hund, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota, Minnesota, USA.

Dr. Hund research aim is to understand how interactions between hosts and parasites can shape patterns across spatial scales, from variation between individuals to changing patterns across populations. Her research spans the fields of evolution, behavioral ecology, and parasitology. She currently works with several study systems, including barn swallows, pacific swallows, stickleback, and soon butterflies. see link to learn more about Amanda's research and teaching - https://amandahund.weebly.com/

Dr. Alfonso Rojas Mora, Laboratory of Ecology and Epidemiology of Parasites, Biology Institute, University of Neuchatel, Neuchatel, Switzerland – Dr. Rojas interests are the evolution of behavioral and ecological traits. From a physiological perspective, he aims to understand the proximate reasons why species have particular life history traits and/or behaviors. Specifically, he is interested in physiological and ecological processes that regulate the expression of different life history stages, and the evolution of such mechanisms. His current research focuses on the relation between parasites and physiological and behavioral process such as stopover behavior

Dr. Yoni Vortman, Hula Research Center, Department of Animal Sciences, Tel-Hai College, Israel – Dr. Vortman research focuses on field behavioral ecology. He examines how sexual selection, navigation and migration facilitate speciation in avian species. To learn more on Tel-Hai's Hula Research Center and Vortman's research, see link: https://researchagmon.wixsite.com/website/tel-hai-research-center

 

 Workshop Overview

This course aims to introduce and review major topics related to avian parasitology, migration, and breeding biology. It will take place in the Hula Valley of Israel, an internationally acclaimed location for bird-watching, and an important migratory  stopover point for millions of migratory birds from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia. This intensive week-long field course will bring together multiple topics in an integrative and comparative framework, including parasitology, migratory ecology, behavioral ecology, and ornithology. It will involve both active classroom work that will focus on primary literature and case studies to cover relevant background and theory, as well as hands-on lab and field skills. Students will be exposed to field and lab methods that allow for the identification and quantification of avian parasites, and the characterization of avian morphology, physiology, immunity, and behavior. This course is a good fit for early graduate students who are interested in pursuing field projects, and for more advanced graduate students who wish to deepen their understanding of avian migration and parasitology.

 

 Course Schedule

 

Eligibility

The workshop is intended for graduate students, postdocs, research scientists and industry representatives.
* The course will be taught in English.

  Application instructions

To apply, please fill the application form.  No fees are due until you are accepted into the workshop.

   application form   

 

 Payment

  Application Fee (nonrefundable)

  $20 USD

  Course fee

  $650 USD 

  Housing: limited number of rooms available

  180 NIS (per night/per person)

  • Travel is separate (travel grants available). 

 

 Cancellation policy

Standard one: “Cancellation of participation up to one month prior to the first day of the workshop – 100% refund, (less bank transfer/credit card fees and application fees).

Cancellation of participation up to two weeks prior to the first day of the workshop – 70% refund (less bank transfer/credit card fees and application fees)

Cancellation of participation less than two weeks prior to the first day of the workshop – no refund.”

 

Please note that the cancellation notice should be submitted in writing to Avianparasites@gmail.com  and approved by email by the workshop team.

Registration and payment – relevant link will be sent to the applicants by email.

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