Course Announcement:Molecular Studies of Marine Biological Divers ity,June 4 - June 17, 2001

Jose Lopez lopez at
Tue Jan 9 16:53:51 EST 2001

Course Announcement:
Molecular Studies of Marine Biological Diversity on the Indian River Lagoon,
Florida and Andros Island, Bahamas*,   June 4 - June 17, 2001

Study of intra- and interspecific genetic variation of selected marine
invertebrates.  Laboratory and field studies will compare diversity found
among tropical mangrove and coral reef habitats in the Indian River Lagoon
and Andros Island, Bahamas.  In a marine conservation and molecular ecology
context, lectures and practical laboratory work will cover modern techniques
such as marine invertebrate (e.g, cnidarian, poriferan etc) tissue
preparation, DNA purification, genomic fingerprinting, the polymerase chain
reaction (PCR) and molecular phylogenetic and bioinformatics analyses.
Experiential learning through integration into a Bahamian  "out-island"
community and culture will also be emphasized.  Open to upper level biology
students and teachers. 3 graduate semester hours credit, transferable from
FIT.  Total fee: approx $2500.00, but will be based on the cost of $640 per
Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) credit hour, or $448 per credit hour
who do not need academic graduate course credit. Substantial tuition waivers
(30-60% of costs) will be available on a competitive basis to well qualified
applicants. The course is limited to 17 students and will begin on the
campus of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Ft. Pierce, FL. Course
fees include lab fees, tuition, accommodation and travel to the Bahamas
Environmental Research Center (operated by George Mason University's Center
for Field Studies) Andros Island.   Dr. Jose V. Lopez (Harbor Branch
Oceanographic  Institution, Assistant Scientist and course instructor) with
guest lecturers To Be Announced.

*This an International Biodiversity Observation Year (IBOY) 2001-2002
Approved Project (

For more information please contact Jill Sunderland, 800-333-(HBOI), X506,
Kristina Jones, 703-993-1436 or 993-1740 (GMU), and  visit the following


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