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Course Announcement: Molecular Studies of Marine Biological Diver sity

Jose Lopez lopez at HBOI.edu
Thu May 23 20:23:50 EST 2002

Course Announcement:
Molecular Studies of Marine Biological Diversity on the Indian River Lagoon,
Florida and the Florida Keys,   July 22 - August 3, 2002

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 the Florida Keys.  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 and critical learning will be emphasized by the field trips and
practical laboratories. This an International Biodiversity Observation Year
(IBOY) 2001-2002 Approved Project (http://www.nrel.colostate.edu/IBOY). Open
to upper level biology students and teachers. 3 graduate semester hours
credit, transferable from FIT. Substantial tuition waivers (ca. 30% 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 Florida Keys
Marine Lab.   Dr. Jose V. Lopez (Harbor Branch Oceanographic  Institution,
Assistant Scientist and course instructor) with guest lecturers To Be
Announced. (Last egistration deadline - June 15, 2002)

Applications can be downloaded from the web site
  For more information and course fees please contact Dr. Dennis Hanisak
(hanisak at hboi.edu) or Jill Sunderland, 800-333-(HBOI), X506, and  visit the
following website for further updates:



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