Amphibians are one of the poorly understood groups of vertebrates with many misconceptions leading to their aversion. This ‘disgust’, which mostly rooted in their aesthetics, has broadly hampered their biological values too. India has a rich diversity of amphibians, many of which are endemic and a few are only known from a small geographical range. The presently known diversity of amphibians is underestimated as the researcher are still finding species new to science from various places in India.
As a part of the general and scientific awareness, we are conducting a four-month distant learning (online) course. The main topics covered during the tenure of this course are basic systematics (taxonomy and phylogeny), field techniques and photography.
The first session on taxonomy will be organized with the help of specimens in a reputed research collection facility. There will be four field outings, on the last weekend of every month. These field visits are basically to learn field techniques and photography. As part of regular online sessions, participants will be provided with reading material in the form of articles and scientific publication.
Four months (June to September, 2018)
This course will consist of one classroom session and four field visits. The classroom session is mainly to give hands-on training about taxonomy. This will be conducted with the help of specimens in a reputed research collection facility. This will be a one-day session aiming at basic training on taxonomy and morphological and meristic data collection. For this session specimens from the general collection will be utilized. A detailed datasheet and relevant material will be given to the participants as a reference material.
Four field outings will be conducted on the last weekend (from last Friday to Sunday) of ever
y month at various places in India. During field o
tings, sessions will be conducted on field techniques, systematics and biogeography, data generation, paper writing and photography. Will invite an expert in the respective field as a resource person in every outing. Apart from this, regular online sessions will be conducted providing information about amphibians.
Participants have to submit their reports of all their visits and any small projects they wish to conduct during the period of this course. During this course, we will encourage participants to write popular/scientific articles based on their experience and observation. We will also encourage participants to upload their observations on citizen science websites.
Limited seats: A maximum of 15/20 participants.
Qualification: Strong urge and willingness to know more about amphibians.
Age limit: 18 years and above (will be bit heavy for kids below this age!)
June (28 June 2018): Hands-on training.
June 29 to July 1, 2018: Field outing 1 (Ambol)
July 27 to 29, 2018: Field outing 2 (Matheran)
August 31 to September 3, 2018: Field outing 3 (Agumbe / Coorg)
September 28 to 30, 2018: Field outing 4 (Munnar)
Fee: Rs. 10,000/- (Rupees ten thousand only) per participant.
(This is towards hands on training workshop, course material and various online activities including regular online sessions)
Please note that field outings charges will be separate and will be borne by participants who wish to attend these sessions separately. The field outing charges are mostly based on locality, duration and number of resource persons. Most of these outings will be organized by participants and total expenditure will be divided among the participants. Participants have to pay the travel and accommodation charges for the coordinator. If a separate resource person is accompanying during these sessions then his travel, accommodation and remuneration will be added to the final costing.
Main resource person and coordinator:
Dr. Varad B. Giri
A/C Holder Name: Varad Bhagwan Giri
Account Number: 520101257023263
Name of the bank: Corporation Bank
Branch Name: Fort (Mumbai)
Branch Address: Veena Chambers, 21 Dalal Street, Fort, Mumbai 400023
Branch MICR Code: 400017008
Branch IFSC Code: CORP0000024
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