[Coral-List] Short course in Taxonomy and Ecology of Caribbean Gorgonians and Black Corals
Mary Alice Coffroth
Coffroth at buffalo.edu
Mon Oct 23 21:37:30 EDT 2006
Short course in "Taxonomy and Ecology of Caribbean Gorgonians and Black Corals"
Dates: July 23-August 2, 2007
Location: Bocas Research Station, Bocas del Toro, Panama
Dr. Mary Alice Coffroth, State University of New York at Buffalo
Dr. Howard Lasker, State University of New York at Buffalo
Dr. Juan A. Sanchez, Universidad de los Andes
Dr. Dennis Opresko, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Organizer: Dr. Rachel Collin, STRI
The course is aimed at graduate students, post-docs, or professionals
who are interested in learning and applying knowledge about the
diversity and ecology of Caribbean Gorgonians and Black Corals. An
additional aim is to standardize the taxonomic treatment of
gorgonians throughout the region, and to foster a network of
interested gorgonian workers with participants of the Cnidarian Tree
of Life and the DNA barcoding initiatives. The students participating
in this course will:
1. Learn to describe and identify Caribbean Gorgonians and Black Corals.
2. Learn general biological and ecological characteristics of the group.
3. Assist in developing species lists, keys and ID guides for
the Bocas fauna.
4. Learn the most recent advances in gorgonian phylogenetics and
5. Participate in the initiative to develop DNA barcodes for the
reefs of Bocas del Toro.
6. Conduct short independent projects.
Diving will be a required component of the course.
Course Registration Fee
$250 (STRI registration, room and board at the station is included)
Need-based travel fellowships will be available
This course is directed towards graduate students and advance
Licenciado candidates and will be conducted in English. Please e-mail
your CV, 1 letter of recommendation, and a 1-2 page statement
explaining your background and reasons for taking the course, to
Rachel Collin at CollinR at si.edu before March 1, 2007. Limit 12
students. To be considered for a need-based fellowship, applicants
should send a description of their need and their efforts to obtain
funding for available sources. For more information see
-- Dra. Rachel Collin Director, Bocas Research Station Smithsonian
Tropical Research Institute Apartado Postal 0843-03092 Balboa, Ancon,
Republic of Panama collinr at si.edu http://striweb.si.edu/collinlab/
Phone: +507-212-8766 Bocas del Toro Research Station
http://www.stri.org/bocas Rachel Collin <collinr at si.edu>
Mary Alice Coffroth
Department of Biological Sciences
State University of New York at Buffalo
Buffalo NY 14260
Phone: 716-645-2363 ext. 187 (office)
716-645- 2363 ext. 788 (lab)
Email: Coffroth at buffalo.edu
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