Acarology Summer Program
— Offered by the Division of Agriculture —
The courses offered in the Acarology Summer Program will make participants proficient in the identification of a broad range of mite diversity from around the world. Additionally, the course will broaden participants understanding of mite ecology, evolution, and biogeography.
Registration cost includes all materials and supplies used during the course. If you have questions regarding your student status, please contact the program before registering.
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
This one-week workshop will present an overview of the identification, systematics and biology of the major groups of Acari. A second emphasis will be on the techniques (study, collection, preservation) used in acarology. The course is designed as either a stand-alone course or as an introduction for the novice to prepare for the other, more specialized, workshops (Instructor: Klompen).
Velvet Mites and Water Mites
This workshop will review the Parasitengona, including both the terrestrial velvet mites, excluding chiggers, (Instructors: Welbourn & Fisher) and aquatic water mites (Instructor: Fisher). The major emphasis will be on identification and classification, with a secondary emphasis on life history and biogeography.
This workshop will review the mites associated with crops, ornamental plants, and stored products. The major emphasis will be on identification and classification, with a secondary emphasis on evolutionary and applied aspects of biocontrol. Specifically discussed groups will be the Phytoseiidae (Instructor: de Moraes & Janssen), Tetranychoidea, Tydeoidea, and Tarsonemida (Instructors: Ochoa & Welbourn), Eriophyoidea (Instructor: Chetverikov) and stored product mites (Instructor: Klimov).
Housing will be on campus, just a few minute walk from the classroom, in suite-style dormitory rooms with bedrooms, bathrooms, and a living room. Each participant will have their own bedroom. The dormitory complex has laundry facilities, computer lab, communal kitchen, and an attached dining hall. Participants may find their own housing options but will be responsible for getting themselves to the program each day.
Financial assistance is available in the form of partial registration and housing waivers. Travel and per diem funds are not available. More details coming soon.
These workshops involve long hours, often 9-10 hours per day, most of it spent listening to lectures and identifying mites through the microscope. Participants must be able to spend long hours looking through the microscope in order to get the most out of the workshop.
Summer program t-shirts will be available for purchase during the course.