Methods and principles of systematic zoology and systematics of the Buprestidae (Coleoptera)

Description of project
Research projects: Taxonomy, biogeography and phylogeny of selected groups of Indo-Pacific (SE-Asia and Oceania) Buprestidae. Advice and help in non-specialistic (not focusing on particular taxon) theoretical and/or methodological aspects of zoosystematics can be also offered for systematic research on any other group or area agreed upon with the trainee.
Buprestidae (jewel beetles) is a large but still very insufficiently studied group (ca. 15 000 known and at least twice as many yet undiscovered species, of which 3000 known and ca. 7000 undescribed live in the Indo-Pacific Region). They are small to very large (ca. 2 to 70 mm), often brightly colourful (therefore often used as real jewels) beetles, distributed throughout non-arctic areas of the World, but most numerous in tropical/subtropical countries. Larvae of most species live in wood, so some of them are considered forest- or orchard-pests, but on the other hand some of those developing in herbaceous plants have been used in biological control of weeds.

Training course held in 2013 (Photos by Loong Fah Cheong and Roman Holynski).

Duration of training
4 weeks

Training period
To be discussed with mentor

Target Audience
Anybody really interested in animal systematics

Practical experiences
Identification, nomenclature, descriptions, construction of keys, typical interpretational pitfalls, phylogenetic analysis of morphological data

Starting lecture: Current state-of-the-art and main problems in systematics of the Buprestidae
Origins and current biodiversity of the Indo-Pacific Buprestidae
or (according to the experience and interests of the trainee): What is systematics and how is it done?

Name of mentor / supervisor
Dr. Roman B. Hołyński
PL-05822 Milanówek, ul. Graniczna 35, skr. poczt. 65, Poland

Course organiser
Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST)

Registration fee
850 EUR
Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses.

Deadline for registration: 1 March 2017.
Click here for the registration form. Registration closed.

Payment details and deadline will be provided upon acceptance to the training.

DEST Funding
DEST is offering 2 grants of 350 EURO to attend this course to waive part of the registration fee.
Granting priority will be given to trainees living and studying/working in Low-income economies, Lower-middle-income economies or Upper-middle-income economies (following the classification of the World Bank, see list of eligible countries).
If awarded, the participant will receive a reduction of 350 EURO on the registration fee. The participant then only needs to pay the remainder of the registration fee, which is 500 EURO. Please write your motivation for applying for a grant within the required 'grant request' space of the registration form. If a grant is requested, a recommendation letter should be sent by one referee (e.g. your supervisor) before the registration deadline of 1 March 2017  to

ForBio Funding

ForBio travel grants are available. These grants enable ForBio members to visit another research institute and to be trained by taxonomic experts.
For more information and application procedure click here.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith