Training in Tropical Taxonomy

What we do?

The Bocas Research Station and the TTT program runs a series of courses to train students and biologists interested in biodiversity in taxonomy of tropical marine animals.  The training we provide enables them to (1) efficiently collect and preserve material for subsequent taxonomic work, (2) roughly sort the material correctly to the level of family or genus (depending on the group), (3) have the tools to use existing keys or monographs to identify material to species, and (4) Learn basic techniques important for research on the biology of each group.  During the course each students becomes familiar with the Caribbean species.  These courses also promote development of personal connections between taxonomists in different countries or regions and foster collaborations between scientists in developed and developing countries. These courses focus on groups of organisms that are of particular interest to biologists or that are in urgent need of taxonomic expertise.