[Coral-List] course announcement

Erich Mueller evmresearch at gmail.com
Thu Mar 30 20:29:15 EST 2006

Course Announcement:  2006 LMSEP - Sea Of Abaco

There are still a couple of berths available for this summer's Lucaya
Marine Science Expedition Program (LMSEP).

This course is a unique opportunity for advanced undergraduates and
graduate students to explore the natural and cultural history of the
Sea of Abaco. The program is designed to provide students with an
intensive hands-on study of the flora and fauna of the Sea of Abaco
with an emphasis on coral reefs and the challenges they face in
today's world. Combined with lectures and readings encompassing a wide
range of marine science topics, students will learn various field
techniques and lab analyses aboard a working research vessel. Students
will actively participate in all research vessel operations, including
training in sailing and navigation.

LMSEP has been granted permits from the Ministry of the Bahamas to
collect samples for *Symbiodinium* diversity analyses and to install
several permanent survey stations throughout the Abacos. Students will
actively participate in sampling and processing a wide variety of
symbiotic cnidarians for subsequent molecular diversity analyses.
Additionally, students will learn the practical skills of properly
selecting and installing permanent stations for benthic marine

A few practical techniques of the LMSEP will include:
· oceanographic profiling and analyses
· introduction to PAM fluorometry
· extraction and isolation of Symbiodinium from host tissue
· cell counts using a haemocytometer
· light and dissecting scope microscopy
· quadrat sampling, linear transect and radial belt transect survey
· GPS and costal piloting, plotting and navigation

 The two-week program sets sail from Marsh Harbour, Abaco on 8 July
and returns to port on the 21st.

 See http://www.coralreefscience.com
for more information and application materials.

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