Austral Summer Institute XII (ASI-XII) | POGO

Austral Summer Institute XII (ASI-XII)

ASI XII was devoted to the themes Marine Genomics, Water and Global Change, Time Series in Oceanography and Microbial Oceanography. Activities were held at the Main Campus of the University of Concepcion and at the Marine Biology Station of the Catholic University in Las Cruces.


Some 118 graduate and advanced undergraduate students from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Uruguay and Chile participated in ASI XII, organized by the Department of Oceanography and the COPAS Center of the University of Concepcion.


In October 2011, there was a course Marine Genomics: From Ecology to Biotechnology involving scientists from the University Pierre et Marie Curie/CNRS, France, followed by a mini course on Data mining and genotypification of Single Nucleotides Polymorphisms (SNP): linking genotypes to phenotypes of marine organisms, by Dr. Cristian Gallardo from University of Concepcion.

The course Exploring Fresh Water in Global Climate and High-Latitude Oceans (Dr. Peter Rhines) covered the global hydrological cycle: fresh water in the climate system, in the oceans and atmosphere. It consisted of regular lectures and student projects, practical demonstrations and student presentations.

Three courses covered the topic of Oceanographic Time Series in Oceanography. Coastal Upwelling Time Series in the Humboldt Current System (CUTS-HCS), taught by lecturers from the Department of Oceanography of UDEC, comprised methodological and conceptual aspects in the coastal upwelling area of the Humboldt Current System, and included lectures and practical activities. Oceanographic Time Series in Northern Hemisphere Coastal and Open Ocean Ecosystems was taught by Drs. David Checkley and Michael Lomas. It focused on the scientific history and development of the CalCOFI and BATS time series programs and included a practical component.

Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Ecological Time Series (COMETS) was carried out by Drs. John Largier and Juan Carlos Castilla. This course addressed the scientific, statistical and operational aspects of monitoring, i.e. sustained observations in the coastal ocean and along the coast. Oceanographic, biological and pollution phenomena and processes were addressed through lectures, readings, working groups, student presentations and discussions.

The course Ecology and Diversity of Marine Microorganisms (ECODIM) celebrated its seventh version. A number of foreign and Chilean scientists provided an overview of microbial oceanography by illustrating basic concepts which are applied today to understand the ecology of marine microorganisms and the roles they play in global biogeochemical cycles. The lectures, the selection of seminar papers and the course research projects focused on the diversity of microbes in saline ecosystems, in particular metagenomics, phylogenetic taxonomy, microscopy, flow cytometry, culturing techniques and geochemical bio-thermodynamics.

The Austral Summer Institute continues every year to contribute to capacity building in Latin America, allowing the development of networks among local and visiting scientists and students.


An article on ASI-XII that was published in the POGO Newsletter can be downloaded below. Click here to read some student testimonials about the course.

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