Ant Course 2015: Arizona

Arizona’s Chiricahua mountains, site of the Arizona ant course.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (actually, not a bad place for a myrmecologist), you have heard of Cal Academy’s famous “Ant Course”. This week-long intensive workshop on the taxonomy of our favorite animals has been running once per year for over 10 years now, and nearly everyone of a certain age who works in myrmecology has taken it, taught it, or both.

This summer’s course returns to its roots in southeastern Arizona. Space is limited and the course nearly always sells out, so apply early and apply hard. Click on the course flier below for more details, or visit the website.



ANT COURSE 2015 August 6-16, Southwestern Research Station (SWRS), Portal, AZ, USA More info:

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: April 1, 2015. Apply Here:

ANT COURSE will be taught at the Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) in Portal Arizona ( The Station is centered amid the richest ant fauna in North America.

PARTICIPANT ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA. – ANT COURSE is open to all interested individuals. Priority will be given to those students for whom the course will have a significant impact on their research with ants. An entomological background is not required. We aim to include students with a diverse interest in biology, including ant systematics, ecology, behavioral biology, genetics, and conservation. The high instructor to student ratio will allow students to receive individual attention. ANT COURSE is presented in English and limited to 30 participants.

COSTS. – Tuition for the 10-day COURSE is $475 for current students and $675 for non-students (including postdocs). In addition, the Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) fee for this period, covering dormitory room and board, is $670. Transportation costs between home and Tucson (air) or SWRS (auto) are to be borne by all participants.

SPONSORS. –California Academy of Sciences and Museum of Comparative Zoology.

2015 INSTRUCTORS : Brian Fisher (Coordinator), California Academy of Sciences; Stefan Cover, Museum of Comparative Zoology; Flavia Esteves, California Academy of Sciences; Bob Johnson, Arizona State University, Tempe; Josh King, University of Central Florida; John LaPolla, Towson University; Jack Longino, University of Utah; Corrie Moreau, Field Museum of Natural History; Scott Powell, George Washington University; Andrew Suarez, University of Illinois; James Trager, Shaw Nature Reserve; Walter Tschinkel Florida State University Tallahassee; Phil Ward, University of California Davis; Special Guests: Raymond Mendez, Howard Topoff.

8 thoughts on “Ant Course 2015: Arizona”

  1. Mr. Wild, my name is kathey and I found your website through another website re. Ants I have been dealing with a nightmare of a problem for a year. This is not a psychosis and not morgellons. I have been having symptoms within my body and I also have found things and carpets I was told I had carpet beetles at one time but whatever this is it’s in my clothing it’s in my bed and it’s not bedbugs their tiny little black things. I have samples I’ve been to numerous doctors I just got back from Mayo Clinic in Arizona they said sometimes we just don’t know what things are. I know what I’m experiencing. I can’t tell you how many stool samples I have turned in they have come back as negative for parasites and for eggs. I know this has something to do with what I am finding in my home. I know I’ve been told that bugs or insects cannot live in the human body. And I would be more than happy to send you pictures of the shapes and the samples that I have given labs. I desperately looking for answers. I thought with your expertise maybe you would be able to help me with this. I will leave you my email and if you choose to contact me I would greatly appreciate it.

  2. While I’m sure I’d enjoy it, the best reason I could come up with is to see some cool ants and learn all about them. But that’s not really fitting with about half the questions on the profile which is assuming research is involved somehow, and not being a student there’s nobody to give a recommendation letter either. Where’s the “I’m an ant tourist” checkbox? 🙂

    1. Seth- As an occasional instructor for the ant course (though not this cycle), I would happily write you a recommendation letter. While the course usually fills with academics, I have known some enthusiasts who break through- we had a hobbyist photographer at the last course I was on (Uganda 2012). I think you should apply. Your ant knowledge is already beyond that of many of the participants.

      1. Unfortunately it was not meant to be this year – 75 applicants for 30 spots, and I wasn’t selected. Maybe Africa won’t fill up so quickly next year.

        Thanks again for the recommendation and encouragement!

    2. Life is short, Seth. Since Alex has so generously volunteered his help, sounds like the hurdles are down. Go for it if it will make you happy because I am certain it will be lots of fun at the least and likely one of the all time highlights.

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