Marine Botany Course at Shoals Marine Lab

Rick Zechman zechman at csufresno.edu
Wed Feb 7 08:34:19 EST 2001


Dear Phycologists,

I am pleased to announce a summer marine botany course offered 
through
Shoals Marine Laboratory, Cornell University and the University of 
New
Hampshire, June 11 - June 25, 2001.  "Seaweeds, Plankton and
Seagrasses" is an intensive two week introduction to the marine 
algae
and seagrasses of the Northwest Atlantic, with particular emphasis 
on
the intertidal and subtidal macroalgae of the Isles of Shoals.

Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) offers a unique opportunity for
students to experience marine science. Located on 95-acre (38.44
hectare) Appledore Island, Isles of Shoals in the Gulf of Maine, this
near-pristine environment allows students to study many aspects of
intertidal and sub-tidal ecology. The laboratory facilities on the
island are complemented by the ocean-going capabilities of the
SML-owned research vessel, John M. Kingsbury.

I hope you will make your students aware of this opportunity. More
information is available at the SML website-
http://www.sml.cornell.edu or email the staff at
SHOALS-LAB at cornell.edu to receive a course catalog and application.

Financial Aid is available!



Seaweeds, Plankton and Seagrass

Dates: June 11 - June 25, 2001
Semester Credits Earned: 4
Cost: $2,100.00 (Financial Aid and work study programs are 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

Faculty:

Dr. Rick Zechman, California State University, Fresno

Prospective students should contact Dr. Zechman if they have specific
questions about the course content.



Frederick W. Zechman
Assistant Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
California State University, Fresno
Fresno, California  93740
phone: 559-278-4095
fax 559-278-3963
http://erasmus.biol.csufresno.edu/Zechman/Zechman.html
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