This is neither phylogenetics nor 'phytools' related, at least not directly, but I just wanted to take this opportunity to announce a three week, field-based course in tropical biology - focusing on ecology, evolution, and conservation biology - to be offered for the first time in January 2013 during the UMass Boston winter session (and hopefully annually thereafter). A more detailed description of the course can be found on the UMass Boston international programs page, here. The course will be co-instructed by myself and Alberto Puente-Rolón, professor at the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Arecibo campus, with guest instruction for at least part of the course by Graham Reynolds. Alberto, it should be noted, took both of the photos on the international programs page, as well as the photo (of Anolis evermanni) shown above. The price for the course (determined by the university and listed on the program webpage) includes all travel to, from, and within the island, all food, and all accommodation (along with tuition and fees, of course). We also hope to reduce this depending on enrollment numbers and our final budget for the course.
If you have any questions about the course or would be willing to advertise it at your home institution, please contact me. Keep in mind that due to variation in winter break times at different universities the period of this course may conflict with the start of spring semester for many students.