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Course announcement: Molecular Studies of Marine Biodiversity, Ju ne 19 - July 2, 2000

Jose Lopez lopez at HBOI.edu
Thu May 18 14:38:39 EST 2000

Course Announcement:
Molecular Studies of Marine Biological Diversity on the Indian River Lagoon,
Florida and Andros Island, Bahamas.
Tentative dates:  June 19 - July 2, 2000

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 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: $2555.00 ($1830 +
$725 lab fee, which includes 3 hours of Florida Institute of Technology
graduate course credit; Fees will reflect a 30% discount if course credit is
not required).  Scholarships are available on a "as needed", and  "first
come first serve" basis. The course 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

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

and http://www.hboi.edu/education/coursesched.html

Jose V. Lopez, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist
Division of Biomedical Marine Research
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution
5600 US 1 North
Ft. Pierce, FL 34946
PH: 800-333-4264, ext 478
F: 561-461-2221


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