[Coral-List] Final Call for the Summer Coral Reef Ecology Course in the Maldives

Michael Sweet M.Sweet at derby.ac.uk
Wed Jan 7 03:06:21 EST 2015

Dear all

Due to a couple of cancelations, we still have a few places left on this year's summer Coral Reef Ecology Courses which are run in the Maldives.

Two spaces are available for both courses, they run back to back, the first of which runs between August 13th -22nd 2015 and the second August 22nd -31st 2015.

This course is designed to provide participants of any level with a sound foundation in ecological concepts, survey techniques and experimental design in field research applied to coral reef ecosystems.

The Maldives, an atoll country has been described as one of the most interesting and diverse reef formations in all of the Indian Ocean is an amazing place to learn about reef systems.

During the course you will be provided with a good grounding of general coral reef ecology, focusing on the biology and taxonomy of corals, sponges, echinoderms, reef fish and other organisms. We will cover aspects of coral anatomy, physiology and ecological requirements. We will also assess the roles of these organisms on the reef and cover ways the reefs are being impacted by both anthropogenic and natural factors. Reef health sampling techniques will be discussed and practiced in the field and we will go over numerous experimental designs and sampling schemes aimed at describing the reef community and reef health status as a whole.

During the latter end of the week, each course participant will be expected to prepare a brief, independent study. You will be guided through this process by myself, Dr Michael Sweet but the emphasis will be on independent thought and action. At the end of the 10 days each participant or group will be expected to present their findings in a mini-symposium and if grades are required, this presentation will account for part of that grading.

Please email myself, Dr Michael Sweet at m.sweet at derby.ac.uk<mailto:m.sweet at derby.ac.uk> for further information on the course and availability.

For the ten day course the fees are US$1500 not including flights, to see the relative luxury you will be living in please visit the research station website for more info; Korallionlab (www.korallionlab.com<http://www.korallionlab.com>).

All the best


Mike Sweet

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