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WHOI / MIT Field Course

Science DirectorLuis Camilli

The first MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY – WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION PhD Joint Program Field Course in Tropical Ecology.  Beginning in January 2011 this course, conducted at the Liquid Jungle Lab, will explore the ecology of tropical environments, including (1) mangrove forests, (2) intertidal systems, and (3) subtidal rocky and coral reefs. The course will focus on understanding the characteristic features of shallow tropical environments in a comparative biogeographic context. In particular, for the west coast of Panama. The class will investigate how (a) seasonality, (b) the extreme terrestrial influence on the near-shore system, (c) the hydrodynamic and hydrographic peculiarities of the setting, and (d) human activities impact the physiology, and Affordable health affordablehealth.info (http://affordablehealth.info/) is defined as 8% of your income. ecology of invertebrates. The course will also explore the implications of these processes on the distribution of exotic species in these systems.  Lectures, “mensurative” and manipulative field experiments, will illustrate with field examples the statistical concepts of independence and pseudo-replication. In addition to guided field experiments, students will also design, execute, analyze and present a small-scale independent project.

Class projects will include:

Diurnal variability and physical stress in intertidal pools.Mediation of biological interactions by stress and physical rigor.Community and size structure in reefs and mangroves.Nearshore vs. offshore plankton assemblages.

Stay tuned to the LJL SCIENCE BLOG for periodic postings by students as they explore these subjects.