OCCURRENCE AND TOXICITY ASSESSMENT OF HARMFUL ALGAL SPECIES IN A SUBTROPICAL, MANGROVE-COVERED ESTUARY AND ADJACENT COASTAL ISLANDS (PARANÁ COAST, BRAZIL)

Type: 
Internship position (12 ECTS)
programme: 
EMBC+
"Students will be involved in some of the activities listed below: * Sampling of phytoplankton and/or benthic microalgae (covering sediments, seagrass, seaweeds, coral reefs); * Cell isolation and culture establishment; * Culture maintenance in the laboratory; * Lab experiments to evaluate toxin production over the growth cycle and/or the toxic effects of selected harmful algal species to marine organisms; * Toxin analysis by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) coupled to mass spectrometry (MS/MS), fluorescence (FLD) and/or diode-array (DAD) detection." Internship will be hosted at the Microalgae Laboratory (Laboratório de Microalgas - LaMic), and the Liquid Chromatography Laboratory (Laboratório de Cromatografia Líquida) General information: * The Center for Marine Studies, located right in front of Honey Island - the main touristic attraction of Parana coast, is only 110 Km far from Curitiba, the State capital; * There are a few bed and breakfast properties available nearby, but students usually rent/share summer houses or rooms. Fares usually range from US$ 100.00 to 300.00 / month, depending on the housing choice; * Students have access to the University restaurant, where meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are served 3 times a day / 7 days a week for a very affordable price (around US$ 0.50 per meal)."
prerequisites: 
Specific skill: * For field work with benthic algal species, SCUBA diving certificate is desirable (but not mandatory); * For toxin analysis, basic knowledgement on HPLC is desirable.
Number of students: 
2
academic year: 
2016-2017
Contact person email: 
contact person first name: 
Luiz
contact person last name: 
Mafra Jr.
Reference Number: RP-48301