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Tropical Marine Invertebrate Biology - summer course

Norman Quinn nquinn at uwimona.edu.jm
Thu May 16 17:34:25 EST 2002

I would like to invite list members wishing to learn more about tropical
invertebrates to consider participating in the course offered below.


Norman Quinn

Tropical Marine Invertebrate Biology
Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory - Jamaica

University of the West Indies

30 June - 14 July 2002

Faculty:  Prof. Peter F. Newell, Former Head Dept of Biology, University
of the South Pacific
               Dr. Barbara L. Kojis, Director, Division of Fish and
Wildlife, Virgin Islands
               Dr. Norman J. Quinn, Director, Discovery Bay Marine Lab,
University of the West Indies
               Dr. George F. Warner, Director, Center for Marine
Science, University of the West Indies

Course Aims: To increase students' knowledge of the biology and
biodiversity of marine invertebrate animals and of methodologies for
marine biological fieldwork through intensive, direct experience. At the
end of the course the students will be able to identify marine species
within a range of invertebrate phyla. They will understand aspects of
the biological relationships between these species and their
environments and will be able to apply field and laboratory techniques
to study these relationships. They will become proficient at scientific
record keeping.
Instruction by a widely experienced faculty will be by extensive
fieldwork, lectures, and laboratory practicals. This is a 4 credit
University of the West Indies course and may be transferable to other

Application: The course is open to undergraduates and graduates who have
taken at least one year of biology - invertebrate zoology and ecology
are recommended. All students must be confident of their swimming
skills. Students with scuba certification are encouraged to enroll and
will be able to utilize those skills in field activities. Applications
should include a cover letter with a paragraph describing why you are
interested in the course, transcripts, and two letters of
recommendation. Applications will be reviewed on 22 May 2002. Late
applications will be considered if space permits. Applications may
either be sent by post or email.

Fellowships will be available to facilitate participation of students
who have difficulty paying the full fee. The fellowships will not be
available to assist with paying for meals and accommodation. Evidence
for the fellowship must be included when the student submits the

Facilities: The Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory is a research and
teaching institution of the University of the West Indies, ideally
located for studies of coral reef environments. It has easy access to a
shallow-water lagoon, rocky shores, shallow and deep coral reefs and
fossil Pleistocene coral reefs. Diving equipment includes scuba tanks,
several boats, compressors, a double lock hyperbaric chamber, digital
imaging lab, wet lab, several dry labs, library and workshops.
Accommodations include a 10 room dormitory and apartment block. 
space is available to investigators, students and courses from other
institutions. For details of fees and space availability contact:

Dr. Norman J. Quinn, Director, Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory, PO Box
35, Discovery Bay, St. Ann, Jamaica. Fax (876) 973-3091, phone (876)
973-2241. Email: nquinn at uwimona.edu.jm

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