[Coral-List] Places still available to study coral reef ecology in Bermuda this summer

Samantha de Putron sputron at bbsr.edu
Tue Apr 11 15:59:49 EDT 2006

Final notice- a few places still available:

>Places are still available for this summer's coral reef ecology course at 
>the Bermuda Biological Station for Research. Scholarship and financial aid 
>available. Application deadline April 22nd.
>Summer Course in Coral Reef Ecology
>The Bermuda Biological Station for Research is pleased to announce a 
>course in Coral Reef Ecology. Course instructor: Dr. Samantha de Putron. 
>Course dates: 9-29 July
>Location: Bermuda
>Qualifications:  Open to undergraduates and graduate students with strong 
>academic credentials.  The course is open only to divers.
>Additional details: http://www.bbsr.edu/Education/summercourses/cre/cre.html
>Scholarship and financial aid available
>Course summary:
>The Coral Reef Ecology course at the Bermuda Biological Station for 
>Research is comprised of lectures, required reading, laboratory exercises 
>and field surveys.  The lectures cover a broad range of relevant topics in 
>coral reef ecology that are supplemented by readings from the primary 
>literature with attention given to active areas of research. The course is 
>divided into 24 lectures, 9 field trips (4 hours each), 5 lab sessions 
>(4-5 hours each), 3 evening lab discussion sessions, a morning written 
>exam, an afternoon of oral presentations and an afternoon discussion 
>session/debate on a current topic. An additional 10-15 hours is taken to 
>complete the working-group analyses and presentations.
>The course is aimed towards upper undergraduates and graduate students.
>The lab work is focused on training in practical techniques:
>• separation of coral tissue from skeleton
>• fractionation by centrifugation
>• enumeration of zooxanthellae with a haemocytometer
>• chlorophyll analysis
>• determination of coral surface area
>• coral growth determination using a buoyant weighing technique
>Various field techniques and subsequent lab analyses are used repetitively 
>at different sites so that each student has the opportunity to become 
>familiar with the following methods:
>• video-taping of reef transects to assess community structure
>  • quantification of reef fish community structure using a visual census 
> method
>• quadrat sampling of reef algae, sorting, identification and dry weight 
>biomass estimation
>• quadrat sampling and measurement of juvenile corals to construct 
>size/frequency curves
>• quantification of parrotfish feeding rates and social interactions
>The laboratory and field work are synthesized as final oral presentations 
>that are based on a typical format for presenting scientific results to an 
>audience and so are designed to provide experience in communicating science.
>For further information please contact:
>Gerry Plumley at plumley at bbsr.edu
>Samantha de Putron at sputron at bbsr.edu
>Dr Samantha de Putron
>Assistant Research Scientist
>Bermuda Biological Station for Research
>Ferry Reach
>St Georges
>GE 01, Bermuda
>Tel: (441) 297 1880 ext 261
>Fax: (441) 297 8143
>Web: www.bbsr.edu

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