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The 17th Ant course at the Nouragues Field station

Ant Course was created in 2001 and has organized 16 workshops until now, in 7 different countries, and contributing to the training of 467 students from 58 countries. This workshop is an institution for individuals working on social insects and ants in particular. The course has never been implemented in French Guiana and a joint organization by LabEx CEBA (Ecofog) and CalAcademy appear as a unique opportunity for both institutions.

This year, 17 students from 10 countries over the world have gathered for the 17th edition of the course in French Guiana. They met from August 22th to September 1st 2018 at the renowned rainforest research station of the Nouragues. The workshop program included four section : I. Species: Taxonomy, Phylogeny, Classification, II. The Social Dimension, III. Communities, Assemblages, and Roles in Ecosystems, and IV. Global Genomic and Big Data Initiatives: the Future of Ant Research.

Fisher-Ant Course 2018

© Brian Fisher

 

Insects regulate biological processes across landscapes. They are essential ecosystem engineers. They aerate, move, and enrich soils, transform the dead into building blocks for new life, pollinate our crops, and hold the life webs of entire ecosystems together. Yet past and current conservation efforts have largely ignored arthropods. The Ant course workshop allows a large international audience to seize the subject and recognize their ecosystemic values.Insects, ants in particular, regulate biological processes across landscapes. They are essential ecosystem engineers. They aerate, move, and enrich soils, transform the dead into building blocks for new life, pollinate our crops, and hold the life webs of entire ecosystems together.

 © Jérôme Orivel

© Jérôme Orivel

 


 

Organisateurs et intervenants sur place :

Brian Fisher (Co-Coordinator), California Academy of Sciences; Jérôme Orivel (Co-Coordinator), CNRS, UMR Ecologie des Forêts de Guyane; Mélanie Fichaux, CNRS, UMR Ecologie des Forêts de Guyane, Frédéric Petitclerc, CNRS, UMR Ecologie des Forêts de Guyane;  Flavia Esteves, California Academy of Sciences, Jack Longino, University of Utah; Christian Peeters, Université Pierre et Marie Curie; Corrie Moreau, Fiel Museum, Phil Ward, University of California, Zuzana Burivalova, Princeton University