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Course announcment: Molecular Studies of Marine Biological Diver sity 2001

Jose Lopez lopez at HBOI.edu
Mon Mar 5 22:51:22 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 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 travel and lab fees, and $640 per
Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) credit hour, or $448 per credit hour
for those 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 (http://www.nrel.colostate.edu/IBOY)

Applications can be downloaded from the web site
  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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