Training in Tropical Taxonomy

2009 Courses

NSF Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute
Advanced Methods in Tropical Phycology

This is an NSF/DOE-funded, 3-week workshop for international graduate students, post-docs, and young investigators. The focus is on state-of-the-art methods and concepts for the study of macroalgae. Caribbean macroalage are rapidly increasing in profile and importance, as local anthropogenic impacts and climate change lead to decline of coral-dominated reefs and their replacement by algal-dominated habitats.

The PASI combines lectures, laboratory exercises, and fieldwork lead by a diversity of established experts and young professionals in one of the richest phycological floras of the Caribbean, Bocas del Toro, Panama. Lectures will cover recent advances in algal taxonomy and systematics, training in methods for DNA barcoding, modern imaging and bioinformatics approaches to curation of samples, and hot-topics lectures on photobiology and photosynthesis, terrestrial algae, chemical ecology, and human impacts on reef algae. Participants will give presentations about their own work and will have the chance to conduct a research project in collaboration with the experts or other participants.

Dates: Aug. 14 - Sept. 4, 2009
Location: Bocas Research Station, Bocas del Toro, Panamá

Download: Preliminary course schedule [PDF]

Caribbean Phycology Resources

Expert Instructors

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