Microbial Oceanography Summer Course at BIOS | POGO

Microbial Oceanography Summer Course at BIOS

"Microbial Oceanography:  The Biogeochemistry, Ecology and Genomics of Oceanic Microbial Ecosystems"  is an immersion summer course offered from June 19 to July 09 by the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences.

  The recent synthesis of biogeochemistry, microbiology and environmental genomics has made the marine water column one of the most exciting topics of modern ecological research. This full immersion course presents an integrated perspective, using a combination of lectures, laboratory experiments, bioinformatics laboratory exercises, and field trips to the open ocean and coral reefs, including an open-ocean research cruise aboard the  R.V. Atlantic Explorer.


The course is offered with two major components, Microbial Molecular Ecology and Microbial Genomics. The instructors and lectures overlap. The lectures will focus on how biological processes and the ecological structure within the water column control the cycling of important elements in the ocean.


A series of field trips and laboratory experiments will be conducted to investigate microbial processes in the open ocean and in the coral reef dominated waters of Bermuda. Students will  also be introduced to genomic tools being utilized by microbial ecologists including whole genome sequence analysis, comparative genomics of different strains, survey sequencing, and "meta-" or community genomics of entire ecosystems. A brief introduction to the types of data that can be obtained from such methods and the computational tools useful in the analysis of sequence data will be provided.


The class is limited to 12 students and is taught by Drs. Craig Carlson, Steve Giovannoni, John Heidelberg, and Craig Nelson. See course web site for more information: http://www.bios.edu/education/summer_courses.html

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