Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Taphonomy, Ecological Processes (and Geobiology!) Summer Course in San Salvador, Summer 2015

This forwarded from Michal Kowalewski - an excellent opportunity for graduate/postdocs to study sedimentology and geosphere/biosphere interactions. San Savador is also one of the few places students can study living stromatolites:

First Announcement
Taphonomic and Ecological Processes in Tropical Environments
Summer Field Course in Graduate Research
Gerace Research Centre, San Salvador, Bahamas
July 6 – August 7, 2015

Michal Kowalewski, University of Florida (
Thomas Rothfus, Gerace Research Centre (
Dena Smith, University of Colorado, Boulder (

Overview: The 5-week course will focus on graduate-level research in taphonomy and ecology of late Quaternary to Recent environments of the San Salvador Island (Bahamas), including both marine and terrestrial settings. Each student participant will lead an independent project based on field, experimental, or laboratory data. The instructors will assist students, both logistically and intellectually, in developing projects that can generate publishable quality data.San Salvador field sites and laboratory facilities offer opportunities for conducting topically diverse projects from experimental ecology and taphonomy to Quaternary paleoecology and biosedimentary processes.

Where: Gerace Research Centre, located on San Salvador Island, one of the outermost of a chain of some 700 islands that comprise The Bahamas

Who: Students interested in taphonomy, paleoecology, marine ecology, carbonate deposystems, reef paleoecology, coastal environments (both marine and terrestrial), and Quaternary paleoenvironments are particularly encouraged to apply. The course is aimed at graduate students who aspire to develop strong research portfolios. Advanced undergraduate students interested in research-oriented careers are also encouraged to apply. Students from all countries are eligible for admission.

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