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Summer Phycology Course, FHL

Paul Gabrielson drseaweed at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 5 12:25:00 EST 2002


Summer course:  Seaweed and Phytoplankton
Where:  Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington
When:   15 July - 17 August 2002
Instructors:   Dr. Charles O'Kelly  cokelly at bigelow.org
                      Dr. Paul Gabrielson  drseaweed at hotmail.com
For Whom: Graduate students and advanced undergraduates 
     (juniors, seniors)
Financial Aid:  Available from the Friday Harbor Labs (see WEB 
below) and for students who are members of the Phycological Society of
America, from the PSA attending a course at a biological station see
also: http://www.psaalgae.org/student/stugrants.html

Course Summary:  The theme of the course is principals, methods, and
applications of marine algal biodiversity studies. Students will learn
classical and contemporary methods for the identification,
classification, and phylogenetic analysis of algae; the theories
underlying the methods; the application of biodiversity information in
(for example) phytoplankton and benthic ecology, cellular evolution,
and natural products exploration. Emphasis will be placed on the value
of combined approaches, for example the characterization of
populations, species and evolutionary lineages of algae with
morphological and molecular data. Outstanding theoretical and
practical questions will be presented and evaluated. Approximately
equal emphasis will be placed on phytoplankton (diatoms,
dinoflagellates, other phytoflagellates) and on seaweeds (benthic
macroalgae). Field work will be extensive, as the diverse and
species-rich aquatic habitats on and around San Juan Island provide
ideal sites for both macroalgae and microalgae. Lecture topics will
include: evolutionary survey of major groups of algae, algal survival
adaptations (reproduction, life histories, functional morphology,
interactions with competitors and predators), and the ecological role
of algae in coastal and oceanic ecosystems. Extensive  field trips and
hands-on lab work will introduce participants to the techniques
essential for collection, identification, and cultivation of algae
from their diverse natural habitats. At the end of the course,
students should be able to use several of the tools now available to
identify algae and to critically assess their strengths and
limitations as model systems of investigation.

Course structure: Lectures offered Mon. through Sat., 2 lectures/day
except Saturday and on days with field work.  Extensive field trips to
various habitats around San Juan I. (sheltered and exposed rocky
intertidal, lagoons, freshwater ponds, offshore dredging and plankton
tows) and 3-4 day field trip to Botany Beach Provincial Park,
Vancouver I. to exposed, outer coast habitats.  Extensive lab time to
observe and key micro- and macroalgae.  Mini-projects in lab and field
designed to provide hands-on work with algae, including techniques for
identifying phytoplankton and seaweeds, isolating unialgal
phytoplankton cultures, culturing macroalgae from spores, DNA
extraction and amplification, algal growth experiments, field ecology
observations, and others.  Books for the course are:  Algae by Graham
& Wilcox, Keys to the Benthic Marine Algae and Seagrasses of British
Columbia, Southeast Alaska, Washington and Oregon by Gabrielson et al.
and Identifying Marine Phytoplankton by Tomas.  Enrollment limited to

For more information about the course, financial aid, and the Friday
Harbor Laboratories, please visit the FHL home page
(http://depts.washinton.edu/fhl/index.html) or contact the

We hope to see you at Friday Harbor this summer!


Charles J. O'Kelly
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
P. O. Box 475
180 McKown Point Road
West Boothbay Harbor, ME  04575, USA
    Tel: +1 207 633 9616
    Fax: +1 207 633 9641
    Email: cokelly at bigelow.org

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