[Coral-List] Sponge Biodiversity Course
thacker at uab.edu
Thu Feb 19 20:10:27 EST 2015
I am happy to announce an opportunity for training in sponge biodiversity.
Please distribute this announcement to individuals that you think will
benefit from this course.
thacker at uab.edu
Sponge Biodiversity in a Changing Ocean: Species, Ecosystems, Processes
August 9-16, 2015
Mote Marine Laboratory, Summerland Key, Florida
A 7-day intensive course consisting of lectures, fieldwork, and laboratory
experiments will be offered at Mote Marine Laboratory, Tropical Research
Lab, Summerland Key, Florida, from August 9 to 16, 2015. The course is
organized by Cristina Diaz, Shirley Pomponi, and Bob Thacker; other
instructors include Janie Wulff, Thierry Perez, John Stevely, and Charles
The course is open to graduate students, researchers, and resource managers
who have a primary interest in the role of sponges as key components of
tropical ecosystems in a changing ocean.
Sponges constitute an essential component of coral reefs, mangroves, and
seagrass beds. Their high diversity and biomass in most benthic marine
ecosystems and their unique physiology makes them important targets to
understand, manage, and protect those ecosystems.
Through this course, students will learn how to identify and describe
common sponge species from Florida Keys seagrass, mangrove, and coral reef
ecosystems. They will also gain experience using sponges as models to
address questions related to biodiversity, biotechnology, and climate
Apply by mailing a letter of intent, your CV, and a letter of
recommendation (sent separately) to taxochica at gmail.com. Your letter should
state why it is important for you to participate in this course, and how
your work, education, and/or research will benefit from it. The deadline
for applications is March 31, 2015. Applicants will be notified of
acceptance by April 30, 2015. Space is limited to 12-14 students.
Tuition is $1000 and includes accommodation, breakfast/lunch, field trips
(scuba and snorkeling), and laboratory fees. Tuition assistance may be
Participants planning to scuba dive must meet the certification and
training requirements of Mote Marine Laboratory:
Application instructions are available at:
Information that must be included in the application:
CV (should include education, research and field experience)
One letter of recommendation
Brief description of why you want to take the course and how you intend
to use what you’ve learned
- Are you a scuba diver?
- Do you intend to scuba dive? Participants planning to scuba dive
must meet the certification and training requirements of Mote Marine
- Current diving certification
- Indicate if you are currently certified to dive under the auspices
of an AAUS-affiliated institution.
More information about the Coral-List