[CDHC] Ecological Risk Assessment Course offering

Cheryl Woodley Cheryl.Woodley at noaa.gov
Thu Jul 7 09:38:41 EDT 2005

The course organizers asked to have this announcement posted, sorry for 
any cross listings. Please note that the deadline for registration is 
July 15, 2005.

Ecological Risk Characterization for Coral Reefs

The 2005 Edwin W. Pauley Foundation course will focus on how to perform 
an Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) in a coral reef environment and how 
to transform the results of the risk assessment into management and 
policy action and ultimately legislative regulation consideration. The 
course is designed for resource managers and regulatory scientists from 
countries with limited resources who need a management tool to help them 
make risk assessment decisions. The course has a two-week format with 
one week in October, ’05, and one week in March, ’06. During the first 
week, October 2-7, participants will be taught the principles and 
methods employed in establishing ecological risk assessment programs.

The program will consist of lectures on:

o The framework and rationale for ERA
o Classical Contaminant Analyses
o Bioindicators of Exposure
o Effects Assessment (Microscale testing)
o Information Resources for Risk Assessment

The lectures will be complemented with laboratory experiences involving:

o Sample Preparation and Contaminant Chemistry Analysis
o Mutatox Measurements (Microtox)
o Whole-Effluent Toxicity Testing
o Assessing On-line Databases via the Internet

Participants will return to their home environments, design a risk 
assessment strategy and work plan for an actual resource issue, and then 
return to the institute and discuss the ERA strategy and work plan with 
the instructors and participant colleagues during the second part of the 
course, March 5-10, ’06, in a roundtable format involving fellow 
participants and scientists from United Kingdom Environment Agency. 
Environment Canada, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Tuition costs for the course, including room and board, have been paid 
through the generosity of the Edwin W. Pauley Foundation. In addition, 
there are scholarships available for assistance with airfare. Interested 
persons should complete an on-line application by July 15^th , 2005, 
http://aa.uncwil.edu/manock/hawaii/index.htm . At this website, persons 
can find additional information on the course, including a course 
syllabus(October), instructor resumes, and a suggested reading list for 
the course. The enrollment in the course is limited to 16 participants.

The instructors for the course are: Craig Downs, Executive Director, 
Haereticus Environmental Laboratory ; John Manock, Professor, Chemistry 
Department, UNC-Wilmington; Peter Wells, Senior Coastal Research 
Scientist ,Environmental Conservation Branch, Environment Canada; Mike 
Depledge, Head of Science, UK Environment Agency (March only).

Cheryl Woodley, Ph.D.
Coral Health and Disease Program

Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research
Hollings Marine Laboratory
331 Fort Johnson Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
843.762.8862 Phone
843.762.8737 Fax
cheryl.woodley at noaa.gov

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