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FUNDACIÓN CIENTIFICA LOS ROQUES
UNIVERSIDAD DE PUERTO RICO
UNIVERSIDAD SIMÓN BOLIVAR
CORAL REEF BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY
DOS MOSQUISES MARINE LABORATORY
ARCHIPIELAGO DE LOS ROQUES NATIONAL PARK, VENEZUELA
JUNE 23 - JULY 4, 1999.
The Fundación Cientifica los Roques announces an intensive summer course in coral reef biology and ecology that will be taught at the Dos Mosquises Marine Laboratory. The lab is located on the southwest corner of the Archipielago Los Roques National Park, an atoll-like reef complex 110 km north of the Venezuelan main coast. This reef complex boasts some of the best developed and diverse coral reef, sea-grass beds and mangrove forests in the Caribbean and is far away from continental and major anthropogenic influences. Eco-tourism and a declining fisheries are the major human activities in the area.
The course include topics in evolution of reef communities, modularity as an evolutionary successful strategy, biology of major biological groups and their ecological roles in the reef community, current anthropogenic and natural threats and coral biogeography. A special session on sea-grass communities is also included. Field and lab work include taxonomic identifications, reef and sea-grass community characterization and structure, reef zonation, reef health assessment, coral diseases, ecological and monitoring methods, etc. A detailed program is available from Dr. Ernesto Weil.
Ernesto Weil, Ph.D Sven Zea, Ph.D
Associate Professor Associate Professor
Department of Marine Sciences Department of Biology
U. of Puerto Rico U. Nacional de Colombia-INVEMAR
David Bone, Ph.D
Department of Biology
U. Simón Bolívar, Caracas.
Cost: The course cost is US $ 900.00 per student. This includes tuition fees, dive activities, room and board, round trip transportation from Caracas to Los Roques and limited insurance. Each participant will be required to sign a release form at arrival. Costs of Visa to enter Venezuela and travel to Caracas is the responsibility of the applicant.
How to get there: Many US and other international carriers fly into the Simón Bolivar International Airport, 15 km north of Caracas. The Organizers will make all the arrangements for the round trip transportation from Caracas to the field station. If a commercial airline is used, they land in the main island of El Gran Roque, 20 km north-east of the Station. Boat transportation (2 hours) will then be provided from El Gran Roque to the Dos Mosquises Marine Lab.
Registration and dead lines: Mail to either of the addresses below : (1) Letter of application stating why you want to take the course and what is your experience in coral reefs research, (2) two letters of recommendation, (3) x-copy of current diving certificate, (4) Curriculum Vitae, (5) list of undergraduate or graduate courses, (6) a deposit of US $ 100.00 (check to Fundacion Cientifica Los Roques). Full payment of course must be done by June 15 th.
DEAD LINE : MAY 24. Acceptance will be communicated within 5 days of receiving your application. Remember that there is a limit of 15 students.
International students must get a visa to enter Venezuela. This could take some time so plan accordingly. Contact the nearest Venezuelan Consulate or your travel agent.
For information and/or sending your application contact:
Dr. Ernesto Weil : Dept. of Marine Sciences, U. of Puerto Rico. PO BOX 908, Lajas, PR 00667. Pho: (787) 899-2048 x. 241 - Fax (787) 899-2630/5500,
If using courier, mail to: Dept. Marine Sciences, Isla Magueyes Lab. Road 304, Lajas, PR 00667.
Sr. Juan Carlos Fernandez. FCLR Apartado 1139. Caracas 1010-A Venezuela.
Pho: (58-2) 263-9729, Fax: (56-2) 261-3461, fclr at reacciun.ve.
Dr. Ernesto Weil
Depart. of Marine Sciences, UPR
PO BOX 908 Lajas PR 00667
Ph. (787) 899-2048 x. 241
FAX (787) 899-2630/899-5500.
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