Ecology of marine microorganisms

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General information

The course is an introduction to the ecology and diversity of marine microbes and marine microbial communities. It touches the basics, and is directed particularly to non microbiologists wanting to know about the field.

Programme information: 

Subjects (lectures will vary between 1.5 and 2 h)
Overview (historical developments)
Microbes: organism estructure and function
Marine microorganisms and biogeogeochemical cycles
Microbial autotrophs
Bacterial and protist diversity
Bacterial activity and production
Protist and viral activities
Genomics of marine microorganisms
Microbial community structure
Metagenomics of aquatic communities
Extreme environments
Global change perturbations and time series analysis

Basics of flow cytometry
Basics of sequence and bioinformatics
Epifluorescence microscopy
Characterization of the organic matter field via optical measurements
Isolation of marine bacteria and marine viruses
Discussion of recent developments in the field

Contact Person: Francisco José Machín Jiménez (


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Venue: Institute of Marine Sciences
Barcelona, Spain

The Institute of Marine Sciences is located in Barcelona’s Villa Olimpica District between the Hospital del Mar and the Olympic Towers. 
Institut de Ciències del Mar
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 37-49



Full price of this course is 510€. A reduced registration fee of 425€ is applied for early registrations (20 days before the opening of the course).


Graduates in Biology, Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Oceanography, Marine Sciences, biotechnology, etc. (some undergraduates may apply, but after consultation with us).

Application Procedure:

Use the ADD TO CARD button on the course's website to book a place and make your payment.


Students attending to at least 80% of the classes will receive a certificate confirming their participation in the course, signed by the Barcelona Ocean responsible person and by the Lecturers of the course.


Academic level: Master, PhD, Lifelong Learning
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