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Subject: MARINE BOTANY course on a Maine island - summer 2008
From: Shoals Marine Laboratory <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Shoals Marine Laboratory <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 18 Dec 2007 14:53:51 -0500

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Study MARINE BOTANY on an island in Maine (USA) this summer and earn 4
Cornell University credits. Priority application deadline - Feb. 15, 2008


    * Dates: June 9 - June 23,  2008
    * Cornell/UNH course numbers: BIOSM 449/PBIO 723
    * 4 semester credits
    * Course cost including room, board & tuition = $3,769
      (financial aid available)

Prerequisite: Field Marine Science or one year of introductory biology.

An introduction to the biology of marine plants, with an emphasis on the
macroalgae common to the Gulf of Maine and found in abundance at the Isles
of Shoals. Lecture topics will include productivity in the world's oceans,
rocky shore ecology, commercial cultivation of algae, and phytoplankton
ecology, as well as molecular analyses of the evolution and biogeography
of marine plants. Field and laboratory exercises include collection and
identification of algae from Appledore's intertidal and subtidal habitats,
experimental design and data analysis for field study, and tidepool
community surveys. Individual field projects may involve studies of algal
growth, productivity as it relates to morphology, photosynthesis, and
desiccation during low tide.

Tentative Lecture Topics:

    * Introduction to marine producers
    * Brown, green and red algae
    * Rocky shore ecology
    * Marine vascular plants
    * Salt marshes
    * Commercial cultivation of marine algae
    * Diatoms and other Chrysophyta
    * Dinoflagellates and cyanobacteria
    * Phytoplankton ecology
    * Tropical coasts with reefs, mangroves and seagrasses
    * Molecular evolution and biogeography of marine algae

Tentative Lab and Field Exercises:

    * Collection & identification of macroalgae
    * Field study of Ascophyllum growth
    * Productivity of different morphological types of macroalgae
    * Recovery of photosyntheses after desiccation
    * Tidepool surveys
    * Collection and indentification of phytoplankton
    * Experimental design and data analysis for field projects
    * Individual field projects


    * Dr. Chris Neefus, University of New Hampshire (USA)
    * Dr. Rick Zechman, California State, Fresno (USA)

Go to: for more information-

See you on Appledore Island in 2008!

Shoals Marine Laboratory
G-14 Stimson Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853


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