Paleonet: summer 2015 course - San Salvador, Bahamas

Kowalewski,Michal mkowalewski at flmnh.ufl.edu
Wed Dec 17 15:27:57 GMT 2014


Dear Colleagues,

This is an update on a research-oriented field course for students in paleontology and related disciplines that will be offered this summer at the Gerace Research Centre (San Salvador Island, Bahamas). Details are appended below. We are happy to inform all prospective applicants that partial financial aid will be available to qualified applicants. The course application is available online: http://www.geraceresearchcentre.com/pdfs/TaphonomyApplicationForm2015.doc. The application deadline is February 1st 2015. Please email me (Kowalewski at ufl.edu<mailto:Kowalewski at ufl.edu>) if you have any questions regarding the course, application process, or financial aid.

Sincerely,

Michal Kowalewski


Second Announcement

Taphonomic and Ecological Processes in Tropical Environments
Summer Field Course in Graduate Research
Gerace Research Centre, San Salvador, Bahamas
July 6 - August 7, 2015

Course website: http://geraceresearchcentre.com/fieldcourse.html

Instructors:
Michal Kowalewski, University of Florida (kowalewski at ufl.edu<mailto:kowalewski at ufl.edu>)
Thomas Rothfus, Gerace Research Centre (tarothfu at gmail.com<mailto:tarothfu at gmail.com>)
Dena Smith, University of Colorado, Boulder (dena.smith at Colorado.edu<mailto:dena.smith at Colorado.edu>)

Overview: The 5-week course will focus on graduate-level research in taphonomy and ecology of late Quaternary to Recent environments of the San Salvador Island (Bahamas), including both marine and terrestrial settings. Each student participant will lead an independent project based on field, experimental, or laboratory data. The instructors will assist students, both logistically and intellectually, in developing projects that can generate publishable quality data. San Salvador field sites and laboratory facilities offer opportunities for conducting topically diverse projects from experimental ecology and taphonomy to Quaternary paleoecology and biosedimentary processes.

Where: Gerace Research Centre, located on San Salvador Island, one of the outermost of a chain of some 700 islands that comprise The Bahamas

Who: Students interested in taphonomy, paleoecology, marine ecology, carbonate deposystems, reef paleoecology, coastal environments (both marine and terrestrial), and Quaternary paleoenvironments are particularly encouraged to apply. The course is aimed at graduate students who aspire to develop strong research portfolios. Advanced undergraduate students interested in research-oriented careers are also encouraged to apply. Students from all countries are eligible for admission.

Application Process: Please submit (1) one completed application form and (2) your most up-to-date Curriculum Vitae to kowalewski at ufl.edu<mailto:kowalewski at ufl.edu>. One reference letter should be emailed separately by the academic advisor. The application is due on Feb 1, 2015. Maximum enrollment: 16. The application form can be downloaded at the course website or directly at the following address: http://www.geraceresearchcentre.com/pdfs/TaphonomyApplicationForm2015.doc. Please contact instructors if you have any questions regarding the course or the application process.

Fees and Anticipated Expenses: The course fee is anticipated to be $2500 per student and will cover (1) lodging and all meals, (2) access to all facilities at the research centre, (3) transportation to and from field sites around the island, and (4) instructional and advising activities. The fee also includes health insurance for the duration of the course. The fee does not include transportation to San Salvador ($700 to $1000 from the mainland USA). The total anticipated cost per student is expected to be around $3000-$3300 per student.

Given more expensive airfare for non-US flights, the total cost is likely to be higher for international students. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aids/scholarships at their home institutions. Additional, partial financial aid will be available from the course organizers. For details see the application form.


See course website at http://geraceresearchcentre.com/fieldcourse.html for additional details.
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