Workshop Descriptions

Introductory Acarology

This one-week workshop will present an overview of the identification, systematics and biology of the major groups of Acari. A second emphasis will be on the techniques (study, collection, preservation) used in acarology. The course is designed as either a stand-alone course or as an introduction for the novice to prepare for the other, more specialized, workshops (Klompen).

Agricultural Acarology

This workshop will review the mites associated with crops, ornamental plants and stored products. The major emphasis will be on identification and classification, with a secondary emphasis on evolutionary (Janssen) and applied (James) aspects of biocontrol. Specifically discussed groups will be on the Phytoseiidae (De Moraes), Tetranychoidea, Tydeoidea and Tarsonemida (Ochoa, Welbourn), Eriophyoidea (Chetverikov) and stored product mites (Klimov).

Medical-Veterinary Acarology

This two-week workshop will review the various Acari associated with humans and domestic animals. Week one ("tick week") will concentrate on ticks (Ixodida) (Beati, Klompen, Needham), while the second week ("mite week") deals with all the other groups of vertebrate parasitic mites. In addition to the standard emphasis of identification, "tick week" will include extensive discussions of disease transmission. The "mite week" will include discussions of various Mesostigmata (Dowling), Astigmata, including feather mites (Klimov), dust mites (Needham), Trombiculoidea (chiggers) (Welbourn), and miscellaneous Prostigmata (Klompen).


This workshop will review the Parasitengona, including both the terrestrial  (Welbourn) and aquatic (Ian Smith) taxa. The major emphasis will be on identification and classification, with a secondary emphasis on life history and biogeography. This special workshop will be organized by Ray Fisher and Ashley Dowling (Univ. Arkansas, Fayetteville).

Soil Acarology

This three-week workshop concentrates on the Acari associated with soil and litter.  Week one will be devoted to Mesostigmata (Beaulieu, Dowling) and Endeostigmata (Bolton), the second week to Oribatida (Lindo, Norton) and the third week to Prostigmata (Ochoa, Welbourn). The main emphasis will be on identification and systematics of both adults and immatures, but this course will have a strong secondary emphasis on ecology and life-history.