Acarology Summer Program

Acarology Summer Program

— Offered by University of Arkansas Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology —

The Soil Acarology course 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.

Soil Acarology

This three-week workshop concentrates on the Acari associated with soil and litter. Week one will be devoted to Mesostigmata (Beaulieu & Dowling), the second week to Oribatida (Lindo & Barreto), and the third week to Endeostigmata & Prostigmata (Bolton, Fisher, and Welbourn). The main emphasis will be on identification and systematics of both adults and immatures, but this course will have a strong secondary emphasis on ecology and life-history.

University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

All necessary materials will be supplied by the program.

June 10 - 28, 2024

Yes, I'm Interested

8:30 am - 6 pm (or later)


Price Per Week





Price Per Week




Housing Information

Housing will be on campus, just a few minute walk from the classroom, in suite-style dormitory rooms with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room, washer and dryer, and kitchen. Each participant will have their own bedroom. The apartment complex has a community center including fitness equipment. Participants may find their own housing options but will be responsible for getting themselves to the program each day.




Housing costs include lodging and linens for three weeks. Meals are not covered in the costs and are the responsibility of each participant.

Limited financial assistance may be available in the form of partial registration or 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.