Coral Disease course in the Florida Keys
emueller at mote.org
Fri Feb 1 18:12:00 EST 2002
Advanced Courses in Tropical Marine Sciences
Mote Marine Laboratory's Center for Tropical Research
6-14 July, 2002
The following course is being offered for advanced undergraduates and
graduate students. Working professionals desiring to gain current
information in these topic areas are also encouraged to apply. The
course will be limited to 12 students.
Diseases of Corals and Other Reef Organisms
Esther C. Peters, Ph.D., and Robert B. Jonas, Ph.D.
George Mason University
Description: During the last two decades, the potential for severe impacts
to coral reef populations and communities from the effects of various
diseases has been recognized. Diseases have been described affecting
corals, fish, coralline algae, and sea urchins, sometimes with
wide-ranging effects. This course will introduce students to the field of
pathobiology of marine organisms. The focus of lectures, dives and
laboratory sessions will be on diseases affecting hard corals, but
information will also be presented on diseases of other reef organisms.
Methods of studying diseases will include collection of field monitoring
data and physiological, histological and microbiological techniques. The
course will provide students with a state-of-the-art overview of reef
pathobiology, experience with relevant techniques, and an understanding of
the need for a multidisciplinary approach to its study.
Prerequisites: College level biology courses and SCUBA certification are
required. Divers must meet AAUS standards for "Diver-in-Training" status.
This includes medical clearance, completion of forms and acceptance by the
Mote Marine Laboratory Diving Safety Officer. Divers coming from AAUS
institutions will need a letter of reciprocity from their Dive Safety
Officer attesting to their dive status. All divers will have an in-water
check-out prior to final approval for course diving. Courses in
zoology, microbiology, ecology, chemistry, biochemistry, physiology,
histology or marine sciences will be very helpful.
Credit: Mote Marine Laboratory does not offer credit, however, it may be
possible to arrange credit through your home institution for directed
research courses, etc. Consult your faculty advisor. It is also possible
to obtain 3 credit hours from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. For
information on credit requirements, contact Dr. Peters (epeters2 at gmu.edu)
and contact Dr. Jonas (rjonas at gmu.edu)concerning registration procedures
and tuition fees.
Costs: The course fee of $1,100.00 US includes all course materials,
accommodations, meals (dinner, 7/6 through breakfast on 7/14), SCUBA costs
and weights. Participants should provide mask, fins and snorkel and, if
diving, their own regulator, BCD and weight belt (rentals can be arranged
29 March,2002 - Application receipt deadline.
3 May, 2002 - Email notification of acceptance.
Packets, including dive forms, mailed out.
31 May, 2002 - Deposit ($300.00) receipt date.
14 June, 2002 - Last day to withdraw with deposit refund.
Balance and dive forms due.
6 July, 2002 - Course starts.
The application form may be printed from our Website:
For more information, contact:
Course Director email: ctr-info at mote.org
Mote Marine Laboratory
Center for Tropical Research
24244 Overseas Highway
Summerland Key, FL 33042
Erich Mueller, Ph.D., Director Phone: (305) 745-2729
Mote Marine Laboratory FAX: (305) 745-2730
Center for Tropical Research Email: emueller at mote.org
24244 Overseas Highway (US 1)
Summerland Key, FL 33042
Center Website-> http://www.mote.org/~emueller/CTRHome.phtml
Mote Marine Laboratory Website-> http://www.mote.org
Remarks are personal opinion and do not reflect institutional
policy unless so indicated.
For directions on subscribing and unsubscribing to coral-list or the
digests, please visit http://www.coral.noaa.gov, click on Popular on the
menu bar, then click on Coral-List Listserver.
More information about the Coral-list-old