Coral Identification Workshop (Oxford)

Event Date: 
16 Dec 2017 - 08:30 to 17 Dec 2017 - 17:30
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Expressions of interest are invited for a 2-day lab based coral identification workshop Saturday 16th Dec. and Sunday 17th Dec. 2017 following the European Coral Reef Symposium in Oxford, UK.

The workshop will be based around the Coral Finder Toolkit, a suite of proven, practical resources for coral
identification. The Coral Finder uses a visual approach that makes it possible for beginners to advance rapidly with little prior knowledge. Led by Russell Kelley - author of the Coral Finder and the Reef Finder - the workshop uses audiovisual and hands-on training, tutorials and instruction and includes a take home Coral Finder Toolkit: Coral Finder 3.0 and complete audiovisual training on a USB flash drive.
Participants learn how to use the Coral Finder to identify corals to genus regardless of growth form and how to cross
reference field results back to formal knowledge for species ID. Special emphasis is placed on techniques for field
identification, self directed learning and problem solving. For non-coral specialists, the workshop rapidly develops
basic coral identification skills. For current or future coral specialists, the workshop improves the reliability and
consistency of coral identification and develops a mature understanding of how to approach species identification. The
training applies equally topside or underwater. Even people with extensive prior knowledge of corals benefit
significantly from the problem solving training built into the Coral Finder workshop. The workshop also summarises the changes and implications of new molecular taxonomy findings while providing an easy-to-grasp, practical, field
focussed approach to coral identification.
WHERE / WHEN: Oxford Univ. Museum of Natural History, Oxford
Sat./Sun Dec. 16-17, 2017. Following the European Coral Reef Symposium COST: £ 330.00
INCLUDES: 2 full days of lab tuition; take home training materials including the Coral Finder Toolkit
2.0: (Coral Finder 3.0, and a complete set of training and revision movies & downloadable self
testing materials. Note: BYO Lunch or purchase locally.

For further information see attached flyer