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Online Coral ID workshop, November 23 - 26, 2023: 7pm – 11pm (GMT+10:00) Brisbane timezone

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When: November 23 - 26, 2023, 7pm - 11pm (GMT+10:00) Brisbane timezone

good for Australia / central Asia / EU / Africa

Where: Online, Interactive over Zoom

How Much: $700 Australian Dollars (AUD)

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NOTE: Australian orders will add GST at checkout.

Target Audience: Scientists, Students, Naturalists, CITES, Coral Collectors, Exporters, Importers, Wholesalers, Retailers, Hobbyists, Academics, Researchers.

Includes: Four by 4-hour sessions in an interactive AV training call with physical training materials including the Coral Finder Toolkit 2.0 (Indo Pacific Coral Finder 2022 and a comprehensive workshop manual, a $160 AUD value, shipped to you for the workshop). 

Additional Info: This workshop is presented in English (American & Australian accents), and all of the training material is in Australian English. Workshop fee is in Australian dollars (See currency converter in navigation). Registrations must be purchased in full. Only one person per registration. No transfers, refunds, or group deals. Sorry, we do not accept bank transfers, Paypal or card only. 

Note, every registration includes one set of the physical training materials. Participants will be contacted after registration with more information on how to receive the training materials. Please allow for at least 3 weeks for the training materials to be shipped. Participants are encouraged to turn their cameras on and engage in conversation.

Participation limited to 40 participants per workshop

The workshop will be based around the new 2022 Coral Finder Toolkit, a suite of proven, practical resources for coral identification. The Indo Pacific Coral Finder uses a visual approach that makes it possible for beginners to advance rapidly with little prior knowledge.

Led by Russell Kelley – author of the Indo Pacific Coral Finder (5 editions) & the Reef Finder with assistance from Kevin Erickson. The workshop uses audio-visual and hands-on training, tutorials and instruction and includes a take home Coral Finder Toolkit: Coral Finder 2022, a comprehensive workshop manual and audiovisual training.

Participants learn how to use the newly updated Indo Pacific Coral Finder 2022 to identify Indo Pacific hard corals to genus regardless of growth form. (Also includes the stony non-scleractinians.) 

Special emphasis is placed on techniques for field identification, self directed learning and problem solving. For non-coral specialists, the workshop rapidly develops basic coral identification skills. Current or future coral specialists will upgrade their ID skills to the current state of molecular taxonomy. 

The workshop provides an introduction to species identification and how to approach it maturely. The training applies equally topside or underwater. Even people with extensive prior knowledge of corals benefit significantly from the problem solving training built into the Coral Finder workshop.

The workshop also summarizes the changes and implications of new molecular taxonomy findings while providing an easy-to-grasp, practical, field focussed approach to coral identification.