[Coral-List] Summer Courses in marine science

Gustav Paulay paulay at flmnh.ufl.edu
Sat Jan 10 21:35:07 EST 2009

Dear All,

The following full-immersion courses courses in marine science are 
available this summer at the Friday Harbor Labs:

SUMMER SESSION A  Jun 15-Jul 17 (5 weeks)
2) FISH SWIMMING (Fish 565)
4) MARINE ALGAE (Biol 539)

SUMMER SESSION B Jul 20-Aug 21 (5 weeks)
2) LARVAL BIOLOGY (Biol 533)

Applications are due February 1.  see: 

Cheers – Gustav

Gustav Paulay
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida
Gainesville FL 32611-7800 USA
Email: paulay at flmnh.ufl.edu
Phone: 1 (352) 273-1948
FAX: 1 (352) 846-0287

Marine Invertebrate Zoology
Biol 432 (9 credits) Gustav Paulay and Rick Hochberg

Comparative biology of marine invertebrate animals, focusing on 
morphology, natural history, functional biology, life history, and 
evolutionary relationships. Two daily lectures will provide overviews of 
the major and many smaller phyla, but the heart of the course comprises 
study of living animals in the laboratory and fieldwork in the diverse 
marine habitats surrounding San Juan Island.
Applications are welcome from undergraduate students, 
post-baccalaureates and graduate students. Prior coursework in 
invertebrate biology or animal diversity is advisable but not essential.
Enrollment is limited to 16 students.

Fish swimming: Kinematics, ecomorphology,  behavior, and environmental 
Fish 565 (9 credits) Paolo Domenici and John Steffensen

Fish swimming is a multidisciplinary area of research that encompasses 
biomechanics, physiology, evolution, ecology and behavior. Knowledge of 
fish swimming is relevant both for students interested in mechanisms of 
locomotion, and those interested in locomotor adaptations to the 
The main subjects will be:
1) The kinematics and performance of swimming in fish using various 
locomotory modes
2) The ecomorphology of fish locomotion
3) Locomotor strategies
4) Metabolic aspects of fish swimming
5) The effect of various environmental factors on fish swimming.
These topics will be treated in lectures and laboratory sessions. 
Students will learn techniques of video analysis, kinematics, energetics 
and respirometry. The first half of the course will have an emphasis on 
lectures and explanations of various techniques for studying fish 
swimming. In the second half of the course, emphasis will be placed 
mainly on laboratory work. Students will pursue independent research 
projects. These will be discussed between each student and the 
instructors, who will also suggest a number of relevant projects. At the 
end of the course, students are expected to present the results of their 
independent projects orally and as a written report in the format of a 
scientific paper.
Enrollment limited to 12 students.

Comparative Invertebrate Embryology
Biol 533 (9 credits) Billie Swalla and Andrew Ransick

We will provide extensive hands-on laboratory experience with the 
fertilization and development of most invertebrate phyla including: 
Cnidaria, Ctenophora, Platyhelminthes, Nemertea, Brachiopoda, Phoronida, 
Bryozoa, Mollusca, Polychaeta, Chaetognatha, Echinodermata, Hemichordata 
and Urochordata.
Lectures will focus on cellular and molecular analysis of evolutionary 
changes in development as well as reproduction and gametogenesis. We 
will emphasize morphological processes and discuss similarities and 
differences in embryos and how they develop. Several field trips will 
acquaint students with the rich invertebrate fauna of the San Juan 
Islands. We will read and critique original literature on Comparative 
The class is at the graduate student level, but exceptionally qualified 
undergraduate students are also admitted. We encourage applications from 
foreign institutions and diverse scientific backgrounds.
Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

Marine Algae
Biol 539 (9 credits) Paul Gabrielson and Charles O'Kelly

The theme of this class is principles, methods, and applications of 
marine algal biodiversity studies, in particular the macro- and 
microalgae of benthic environments. Students will learn classical and 
contemporary methods for the identification, classification, and 
phylogenetic analysis of algae; the theories underlying the methods; the 
application of biodiversity information in (for example) benthic 
ecology, cellular evolution, and natural products exploration. Students 
will gain practical experience in such tools as: specimen collection, 
preservation, and databasing; light and electron microscopy; DNA 
isolation and sequencing; computational approaches to phylogeny 
reconstruction. Field work will be extensive, as the diverse and 
species-rich aquatic habitats on and around San Juan Island provide 
ideal sites for the examination of both macroalgal and microalgal diversity.
We will emphasize the use of combined approaches to answer questions; 
individual and group projects will use morphological, ecological and 
molecular data to assess the diversity of algal populations and 
interpret that diversity in its ecological context.  A sample question: 
“What is the best way to find out how many species make up a ‘green 
tide’ algal bloom?”  At the end of the course, students should be able 
to use several of the tools now available to identify and classify algae 
and to critically assess the value of these tools in studies of algal 
biodiversity and marine benthic ecosystems.
This is a course appropriate for marine biologists, botanists and 
oceanographers with interests in marine biodiversity, conservation 
biology, coastal ecology with an emphasis on primary producers, and 
commercial applications of algae. The class is at the graduate student 
level, but exceptionally qualified undergraduate students will be 
Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

Marine Bioacoustics
Fish 507 (9 credits) Chuck Greene

his course will be held to train advanced undergraduates, graduate 
students, and postdoctoral investigators in the fundamental principles 
of marine bioacoustics. The primary goal of the course is to provide 
students with a broad understanding of the acoustic tools and techniques 
used to study marine organisms in their natural environment.
Lectures include the following subjects: Principles of Underwater Sound, 
Signal Processing, Zooplankton & Fisheries Acoustics, Marine Mammal 
Bioacoustics, Acoustic Tracking, Assessing Distribution & Abundance, 
Predator-Prey Ecology & Behavior, Data Management, Analysis & 
Many experts in the field will be brought in to participate in the 
instruction. Students have a unique opportunity to work side by side 
with active scientists using state-of-the-art tools and techniques.
Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Larval Biology
Biology 533 (9 credits) Richard Strathmann and Richard Emlet

Emphasis is on functional requirements and constraints for embryos, 
larvae, and juveniles of marine animals. Topics include parental 
investment per ovum, fertilization, parental protection and retention of 
embryos, extraembryonic nutrition, larval feeding and swimming, 
functional morphology of embryos and larvae, dispersal, settling, 
mortality, recruitment, effects of larval nutrition on performance of 
juveniles, juvenile ecology, and evolutionary transitions between modes 
of development. The course includes short research projects by groups of 
2 or more students with a short written paper from each project.
Enrollment limited to 12 students.

Estuarine and Coastal Fluid Dynamics
Ocean 590 (9 credits) Parker MacCready and W. Rockwell Geyer

This course is intended for graduate students, typically in their second 
year of study or beyond, and focused on the Physical Oceanography of 
estuarine and coastal systems.  It consists of intensive lectures on 
basic fluid mechanics for scales relevant to estuarine and coastal 
systems, lectures and readings on estuarine and coastal fluid dynamics, 
and field experiments in nearby waters, complemented in some cases by 
numerical simulation. Students will complete a final written report and 
talk on individual research projects.
Enrollment limited to 12 students.

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