Course Announcement

Erich Mueller emueller at
Tue Dec 10 10:38:35 EST 2002

Advanced Courses in Tropical Marine Sciences
Mote Marine Laboratory's Center for Tropical Research
12-20 July, 2003

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., Tetra Tech, Inc.
 Robert B. Jonas, Ph.D.George Mason University

Description: During the last two decades, the potential for severe
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
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
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"
This includes medical clearance, completion of forms and acceptance by
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
invertebrate 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
studies, 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 and contact Dr. Jonas (rjonas at
registration procedures and tuition fees.

Costs: The course fee of $1,100.00 US includes all course materials,
accommodations, meals (dinner, 7/12 through breakfast on 7/20), SCUBA
and weights. Participants should provide mask, fins and snorkel and, if
diving, their own regulator, BCD and weight belt (rentals can be
if required).

Key  Dates
 28 March, 2003 Application receipt deadline.
 18 April, 2003 Email notification of acceptance and packets, including
                dive forms, mailed out.
  2 May,   2003 Deposit ($300.00) receipt date.
 13 June,  2003 Last day to withdraw with deposit refund. Balance and
                dive forms due.
 12 July,  2003 Course starts.

The application form may be printed (or copied and emailed) from our

For more information or to submit applications, contact:

        Course Director                 email: ctr-info at
        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
24244 Overseas Highway (US 1)
Summerland Key, FL   33042

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