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Plankton Biology

Target Audience: Undergraduate Student

Institution: MESC/Dauphin Island Sea Lab

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Course Description: This course will examine all classes of plankton: microbial; phytoplankton; and zooplankton, with emphasis on the gelata, copeods and planktonic larvae. At least one field trip will be at night, and one or more trips will take the students offshore. Students will identify plankton, learn how to assay plankton populations using classic filtration and modern imaging and molecular methods. We will discuss invasive species, the microbial loop, ‘Jelly World’ and the mechanisms and implications of explosive jellyfish blooms. Each student will keep a detailed notebook and give a ten-minute presentation on his/her favorite planktonic organism. Texts required, and scientific papers will be used.

Funding Source: Other

How to Apply: Apply and register online:

Application Closing Date: 05/15/2017

Course Begins: 2017-05-15

Course Ends: 2017-05-26


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