[Coral-List] 2004 Summer Disease Course

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Advanced Courses in Tropical Marine Sciences
Mote Marine Laboratory's Center for Tropical Research
10-18 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
announcement and application can be accessed at: 

If you are also interested in participating in a Coral Tissue Slide Reading
Workshop (to be held after this course at TRL) or in obtaining an advanced
diver certification (training to be offered during and after this course),
please contact Dr. Peters directly (epeters2 at gmu.edu).


Diseases of Corals and Other Reef Organisms
10-18 July, 2004

Instructors:   Esther C. Peters, Ph.D., Tetra Tech, Inc.
              Robert 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. Mote is an Organizational Member of AAUS, and all divers must
meet Mote Marine Laboratory’s standards for "Temporary Diver" clearance.
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
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 gmu.edu) and contact Dr. Jonas (rjonas at gmu.edu) concerning
registration procedures and tuition fees.

Costs: The course fee of $1,260.00 US includes all course materials,
accommodations, meals (dinner, 7/10 through breakfast on 7/18), SCUBA costs
and weights. Participants should provide mask, snorkel, fins, regulator,
BCD and weight belt (rentals can be arranged if required).  

Key Dates 

26 March, 2004  - Application receipt deadline 
16 April,   2004   - Email notification of acceptance and packets mailed
7 May,     2004   - Deposit ($300.00) receipt date 
11 June,   2004   - Last day to withdraw with deposit refund 
                         - Balance and dive forms due 
10 July,    2004   - Course starts 

Send information requests to: 

Mote Marine Laboratory        email:  trl-info at mote.org       
Tropical Research Lab         Phone:  (305) 745-2729 
24244 Overseas Highway        FAX:    (305) 745-2730 
Summerland Key , FL 33042

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