Introduction to subfossil invertebrates from lake sediments: a laboratory-based school

Program code
ss21-16

Program Duration
3 days

Dates
15-17 Nov 2021

Credits
2 ECTS

Tuition
50 € (include: all materials, coffee-breaks, lunches, ‘apericena’)





Introduction to subfossil invertebrates from lake sediments: a laboratory-based school

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Description

In the age of changing climate, it is extremely important to understand and predict climate changes and to implement measures that could minimize the negative effects of human economic activity leading to a climate warming. Paleolimnology is one of the main tools used in the reconstruction of climatic conditions prevailing in the Quaternary.

The main objective of the International Autumn School is the presentation of paleoecological methods to study the sediments of lakes as well as other lentic environments. All participants are invited to join to laboratory (chemical lab and microscope lab) and learn about the usefulness of invertebrates remains (e.g., shell, head, resting egg and chitinous parts) deposited in freshwater sediments.

Location:

UNIVERSITY OF MILANO-BICOCCA, MILAN (ITALY)

Covid-19 restrictions

All the activities will be held in accordance with the Covid-19 pandemic containment measures and requirements in force on the Italian territory. Updated provisions regarding the social distancing and use of the mask may still be in place. Green Pass is required for participation in the course and will be asked during your staying in the Univeristy. Do not forget to carry with you valid documentations. Non-EU participants must have health insurance for the entire duration of the course. Please specifically ask for an insurance that includes covid risks to be fully covered. All foreign students must inquire about any restrictions on access to Italy. You can consult the following link

Course Topics

  • THEORETICAL KNOWLEDGE ON PALEOECOLOGICAL METHODS;
  • TECHNIQUES TO SEPARATE INVERTEBRATE REMAINS FROM LACUSTRINE SEDIMENTS;
  • TECHNIQUES TO COLLECT REMAINS AND TO MAKE MICROSCOPE SLIDES;
  • TAXONOMICAL IDENTIFICATION OF ROTIFERA, CLADOCERA, AND CHIRONOMIDAE REMAINS(CLASSIFICATION, IF POSSIBLE, DOWN TO A SPECIES LEVEL);
  • BASIC TECHNIQUES OF PALEOLIMNOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS.

PREREQUISITES

Bachelor degree. The course is reserved to a maximum of 20 participants

Lectures

  • Prof. Barbara Leoni, Dept. Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Milano-Bicocca
  • Prof. Edyta Zawisza, Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences;
  • Prof. Agnieszka Pociecha, Institute of Nature Conservation, Polish Academy of Sciences.

Requested documents to be uploaded in the application form:

CV, ID card or passport.

With the contribution of

Departments of Excellence Project.

For further information, contact:

school.subfossil2021@gmail.com

GSS Grant Starter School


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