Tropical Biology Summer Field Course

Norman Quinn nquinn at
Tue Dec 17 11:07:47 EST 2002

I would like to invite list members wishing to learn more about tropical
invertebrates to consider participating in the course offered below. The
course is a 2nd year university level course.

                          Tropical Marine Invertebrate Biology

Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory
University of the West Indies
29 June - 14 July 2003

Faculty:  Prof. Peter F. Newell, Former Head of Dept of Biology,
University of the South Pacific
          Dr. Barbara L. Kojis, Division of Fish and Wildlife, Virgin
          Dr. Norman J. Quinn, Discovery Bay Marine Lab, University of
the West Indies
          Dr. George F. Warner, Center for Marine Science, University of
the West Indies

Course Aims:

            To increase students' knowledge of the biology and
biodiversity of marine invertebrate animals and of methodologies for
marine biological fieldwork through intensive, direct experience. At the
end of the course the students will be able to identify marine species
within a range of invertebrate phyla. They will understand aspects of
the biological relationships between these species and their
environments and will be able to apply field and laboratory techniques
to study these relationships. They will become proficient at scientific
record keeping.

Instruction by a widely experienced faculty will be by extensive
fieldwork, lectures, and laboratory practicals. This is a 4 credit 2nd
year University of the West Indies course and may be transferable to
other universities.


            The course is open to undergraduates and graduates who have
taken at least one year of biology - invertebrate zoology and ecology
are recommended. All students must be confident of their swimming
skills. Students with scuba certification are encouraged to enroll and
will be able to utilize those skills in field activities. Applications
should include a cover letter with a paragraph describing why you are
interested in the course, transcripts, and two letters of
recommendation. Applications will be reviewed on 20 April 2003. Late
applications will be considered if space permits. Applications may
either be sent by post or email. Scholarships are available to assist
those who have trouble meeting the full tuition fees.


            The Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory is a research and
teaching institution of the University of the West Indies, ideally
located for studies of coral reef environments. It has easy access to a
shallow-water lagoon, rocky shores, shallow and deep coral reefs and
fossil Pleistocene coral reefs. Diving equipment includes scuba tanks,
several boats, compressors, a double lock hyperbaric chamber, digital
imaging lab, wet lab, several dry labs, library and workshops.
Accommodations include a 10 room dormitory and apartment block. Research
space is available to investigators, students and courses from other
institutions. For details of fees and space availability contact:

Norman J. Quinn, Ph.D.
Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory
PO Box 35
Discovery Bay, St. Ann

phone + (876) 973-2241
fax   +(876) 973-3091

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