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Subject: Seaweed Course at Friday Harbor
From: "J. Robert Waaland" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:J. Robert Waaland
Date:Fri, 21 Nov 2003 08:54:25 -0800

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WHEN: June 14 - July 17, 2004
COURSE NUMBER: Biology 545 (9 credits)
INSTRUCTORS: Dr. Bob Waaland, Dr. Steve Murray, and Dr. Megan Dethier
Application materials and additional information are available at:

This course explores marine algae with emphasis on their role in marine
ecosystems.  The course will have three key components:

1. Seaweed diversity and the practical skills essential for identification
of these organisms will be examined through field forays and laboratory
studies of seaweed dominated cool temperate water communities accessible
in the San Juan Archipelago and on the exposed outer coast of Vancouver
Island.  Collection, preservation and record keeping essential for
biodiversity sampling and analysis will be emphasized.  Laboratory methods
will emphasize the use of essential literature and microscopic examination
in order to understand the morphological and reproductive details relevant
to this purpose.

2. The functional role of seaweeds in marine ecosystems will be examined
through discussion, laboratory and field methods emphasizing the role of
seaweeds as primary producers in coastal marine communities, their
functional morphology and their interactions with other members of the
marine community (e.g., role in food webs and as habitat).  Lab and field
exercises will include introduction to selected analytical gear (e.g.,
dissolved oxygen meters and simple data loggers for temperature and
light). We plan to include at least two dredging trips for the deeper
marine flora using the R/V Centennial and explore the use of its
underwater ROV to examine seaweed dominated communities in select

3. Quantitative analysis of the distributions and abundances of seaweed
populations will be investigated with a combination of lectures and field
and lab exercises.  Emphasis will be placed on study designs, sampling
procedures, methods of data analysis, and data interpretation.  Students
will obtain experience with different field methods of sampling seaweeds
and with handling and analyzing population and community data.  Various
approaches for analyzing assemblage or community data will be discussed
and supported by computer sessions with relevant software.  Practical
applications such as the design of monitoring programs will be addressed;
prior statistical knowledge is not a prerequisite.

This is a course appropriate for marine biologists, botanists and
oceanographers with interests in marine biodiversity, conservation
biology, and coastal ecology with an emphasis on primary producers.
Graduate students and advanced undergraduates students (juniors, seniors)
are encouraged to apply. Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

In addition to student support available through the Friday Harbor Labs
application, students participating in this course may be eligible to
apply for a Croasdale Fellowship administered by the Phycological Society
of America:

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