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Archaeological Field School Peruvian Central Coast

The Institute of Peruvian Studies (IEP), one of the most prestigious research institutions on the social sciences in Latin America, announces the third season of its international field school in archaeological methods “Peruvian Central Coast”. Our field school offers training in mapping, survey and excavation techniques in the field as well as basic training via onsite workshops on statistical sampling in archaeology, bioarchaeological analysis, ceramic analysis and cataloguing, and lithic analysis. Prior experience in archaeological fieldwork is not required.

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Tropical rainforest biodiversity: field and GIS tools for assessing, monitoring and mapping

III Edition now launched! – 24 August – 6 September 2013

Following on the successful first two editions, attended by students and professionals from all over the world, Trento Science Museum (Italy) and the University of Trento, in collaboration with Tanzania National Parks and the Danish Natural History Museum, announce the third edition of the Summer School on Tropical Rainforest Biodiversity to be held in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Tanzania, during 24 August – 6 September 2013.

The school will be based at the Udzungwa Ecological Monitoring Centre, a field station annexed to the Udzungwa Mountains National Park and managed by Trento Museum.

All information about the summer school can be downloaded following the links below (registration details will be posted soon). You can also contact for further information.

Primate Conservation Study Abroad Program

Nelson Ting, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology
University of Iowa

Applications for the Primate Conservation Summer Study Abroad Program in Tanzania are now available (follow this link). The applications are due by March 15th and the program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Dmanisi Field School

The Dmanisi Field School is a four-week program that provides a unique opportunity to engage in ongoing excavations and acquire practical archaeological skills in combination with theoretical knowledge at one of the world’s most important prehistoric sites in an amazing setting! See flyer.

Field School in Pozzeveri in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology

Badia Pozzeveri (Lucca Province), Italy – July 25 – August 19, 2011

The Field School in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology at Badia Pozzeveri is an accredited academic program offered by The Ohio State University and the University of Pisa. The field school aims at training students in archaeological and bioarchaeological field and laboratory methods.

The field school is an outstanding opportunity for students to gain practical experience in archaeological excavation and bioarchaeological investigation by working side-by-side with leading researchers in the field. Follow this link to read more.

Field School for Quaternary Palaeoanthropology and Prehistory of Murcia, S.E. Spain

June 30th – July 21st,  2011
at Cueva Negra del Estrecho del Río Quípar,

July 21st – August 11th 2011
at Sima de las Palomas del Cabezo Gordo

Director: Michael Walker, DPhil,BM,BCh,MA,DipPreArch, FSA
Professor of Physical Anthropology
Dept. of Zoology and Physical Anthropology,
Biology Faculty, Campus Universitario de Espinardo,
Universidad de Murcia, 30100 Murcia, SPAIN
Emails: or

Excavation has been ongoing for 20 years at these two sites. Cueva Negra has 6 teeth and possible long-bone fragments of pre-Neanderthal hominid remains (H. heidelbergensis), a final Early (i.e. Lower) Pleistocene fauna and Acheulian and Levalloiso-Mousterian Palaeolithic artefacts in a sedimentary deposit from a time somewhere between 780,000 and 990,000 years ago according to both biostratigraphy and now palaeomagnetism (Scott & Gibert, 2009, Nature 461:82-85). Sima de las Palomas has >300 skeletal parts (teeth, bones) of 9 or 10 Neanderthal individuals, including 3 articulated skeletons one of which is 85% complete from between 60,000 and 40,000 years ago, an early Late (i.e. Upper) Pleistocene fauna and Mousterian Palaeolithic artefacts, dated by 14C, U-ser, OSL and ESR.

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Roman Archaeology – 2 Field Projects in Italy, Summer 2011

1. Excavation of the Roman Baths at Carsulae
June 12 – July 23, 2011
This is the sixth season of excavations of the Roman Baths at the ancient city of Carsulae . The Roman city, founded along the via Flaminia in the late third century BCE, is located near the town of San Gemini . The area has been associated with healing waters since pre-Roman times. Field school includes: archaeological excavation, various methods of excavation documentation and handling and processing of artifacts.

Contact: Jane Whitehead, excavation director and professor at Valdosta State University , e-mail
Further information:

2. Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics – Classes and Workshops
May 23 – June 18, 2011
The course aims to give basic knowledge and hands on experience in the field archaeological ceramics conservation. Through classroom and workshop sessions the participants will be introduced to the following skills: categorizing, organizing and storage of sherds; materials and morphological analysis of diagnostic pottery; graphic and digital documentation of diagnostic pottery; cleaning, reassembly and integration of lacunae of pottery. Some of the work in the workshop will be done using recently excavated materials from the Baths of the ancient Roman town of Carsulae .

Contact: Max Cardillo, San Gemini Preservation Studies, e-mail
Further information:

Primate Conservation Biology field school

Summer 2011, University of Iowa Study Abroad program and TREE field studies (

This program will take place in the Udzungwa Mountains in Tanzania and is one of the few field schools in Africa to focus explicitly on conservation biology. Please let any potentially interested undergraduate or beginning graduate students know about this opportunity. See the attached flyer for further detail.


  • The field school will take place in the Udzungwa Mountains, which are home to 13 different species of primate and belong to a Global Biodiversity Hotspot.
  • Participants will be able to see the Endangered Sanje mangabey and Endangered Iringa red colobus monkey, both of which are only found in the Udzungwa Mountains. Black-and-white colobus monkey, Sykes monkey, and yellow baboon sightings will also easily be made.
  • Housing accommodations will be at the Udzungwa Ecological Monitoring Centre (, which will include beds, running water, and electricity.
  • Trips to local community conservation projects managed by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) will be made to see conservation efforts in villages surrounding the forest.
  • A trip to Mikumi National Park will be made to see savanna animals (e.g., elephants, giraffes, and lions) and to witness conservation issues in a different habitat.
  • A trip to Zanzibar Island, famous for its beaches and historic Stone town, will be made. Jonzani National Park will also be visited to see the Zanzibar red colobus monkey and learn about the challenges in protecting this Endangered primate.

National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students


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The National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) is a flagship international fellowship program for developing the next generation of globally engaged U.S. scientists and engineers knowledgeable about the Asian and Pacific regions. The Summer Institutes are hosted by foreign counterparts committed to increasing opportunities for young U.S. researchers to work in research facilities and with host mentors abroad. Fellows are supported to participate in eight-week research experiences at host laboratories in Australia, China, Japan (10 weeks), Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan from June to August. The program provides a $5,000 summer stipend, round-trip airfare to the host location, living expenses abroad, and an introduction to the society, culture, language, and research environment of the host location.

The 2011 application is now open and will close at 5:00 pm local time on November 10, 2010. Application instructions are available online at For further information concerning benefits, eligibility, and tips on applying, applicants are encouraged to visit or

NSF recognizes the importance of enabling U.S. researchers and educators to advance their work through international collaborations and the value of ensuring that future generations of U.S. scientists and engineers gain professional experience beyond this nation’s borders early in their careers. The program is intended for U.S. graduate students pursuing studies in fields supported by the National Science Foundation. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for the EAPSI. Applicants must be enrolled in a research-oriented master’s or PhD program and be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents by the application deadline date. Students in combined bachelor/master degree programs must have matriculated from the undergraduate degree program by the application deadline date.

The first Summer Institutes began in Japan in 1990, and to date over 2,000 U.S. graduate students have participated in the program.

Should you have any questions, please contact the EAPSI Help Desk by email at or by phone at 1-866-501-2922.

The National Zoo’s Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Graduate/Professional Training Courses

Smithsonian-Mason Global Conservation Studies Program, Front Royal, VA
For more information, visit
or e-mail

Conservation Conflict Resolution

January 10-19, 2011

Designed and led by the Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration (HWCC), this course teaches proven skills, strategies and processes for effectively addressing conservation-related conflict. By analyzing conflicts to determine root causes and facilitate appropriate resolution processes, we foster trust among stakeholders and ensure sustainable solutions.

Statistics for Ecology and Conservation Biology

February 7-18, 2011

Gain in-depth knowledge of analysis techniques for cutting-edge ecological research, employing R, including: classical regression models; mixed models; generalized linear models; generalized additive models; and conservation-specific approaches, e.g. distance sampling and species distribution modeling. The course emphasizes real-world analysis and how to deal with the limitations of real datasets.

Spatial Ecology, Geospatial Analysis & Remote Sensing

March 14-25, 2011

Learn to use GIS tools to address conservation research problems, quantifying effects of human-induced global change on wildlife and biodiversity. Hands-on lab exercises (e.g. land cover mapping; home range analysis; modeling habitat selection; mapping species distributions) use remote sensing data and SCBI field surveys to monitor global changes, assess impacts on wildlife, and develop mitigating strategies.

Species Monitoring & Conservation: Terrestrial Mammals

April 18-29, 2011

Explore current techniques in assessment and monitoring of wild mammal populations, including bats. Participants learn principles of study design; current field assessment methods; data analysis techniques including MARK and DISTANCE software; application of monitoring data to decision-making and population management; and collection and preparation of museum voucher specimens.

Effective Conservation Leadership

May 3-13, 2011

What makes for a successful conservation leader? Conservation professionals need to know more than science to lead effectively. Employing real-life environmental and conservation case studies, this course addresses key conservation leadership skills, including cross-cultural learning, team-building and support, project management, applied conservation ethics, effective communication, and conflict resolution.


For information on the Applied Conservation Science Graduate Certificate see:

Smithsonian-Mason Global Conservation Studies Program course participants engage in dynamic learning communities, build lifelong professional networks, and connect with valuable conservation resources

Comparative Skeletal Anatomy and Function

Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
December 28, 2010-January 8, 2011

This two week course is on the anatomy of human and non-human skeletons, including monkeys, other mammals, birds, and reptiles. Hands-on modules and island activities (e.g., observing wild monkeys, horseback riding, kayaking) will allow students to observe the relationship between skeletal structure, behavior such as diet and locomotion, and the animal’s environment. Comparative skeletal anatomy has applications in veterinary medicine, bioarchaeology, paleoanthropology, forensic anthropology, primatology, and functional anatomy. Apply through the Maderas Rainforest Conservancy. Contact Dr. Helen Cho at Davidson College for more information and syllabus or (704) 894-2299. See flyer.