Harmful algae, toxins and fish kills

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General information

This course aims at presenting different aspects of  harmful algae in marine waters and their effects on  fauna, particularly on fish. Special emphasis on 1) Identification and quantification of fish-killing species using PCR and advanced microscopy, 2) Production and loss rates of fish killing algae; nutrient uptake, mixotrophy, and grazing by zooplankton, 3) Identification and quantification of implicated toxins and their modes of action, 4) Effects of fish killing algae on behaviour and physiology of fish.

A typical day will include 2-3 lectures in the morning, followed by hands-on demonstrations of methods and techniques, theoretical and practical exercises in the early afternoon. During late afternoon and the evening, students will carry out a project under expert supervision. These projects will be planned ahead of the course start as a collaboration between teachers and student groups.

Contact Person: Per Juel Hansen (pjhansen@bio.ku.dk)


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Venue: University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark

Department of Biology
Ole Maaløes Vej 5
DK-2200 Copenhagen N 



The course fee is 600€ covering materials, and full catering during the course period. The participants must organise and cover all expenses for accommodation and travels to and from the course.

Application Procedure:

Applications should contain a brief CV and a short description of research interests and motivation for applying. In case of >16 students, the organizers will select the course participants.

Applications should be sent before April 25, 2014. to Prof. Per Juel Hansen, Marine Biological Section, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Strandpromenaden 5, DK-3000 Helsingør. Phone +4535321985. E-mail: pjhansen@bio.ku.dk.
All applicants will be informed about their participation around May 1, 2014, and this information also includes a detailed programme.


Academic level: PhD


The course is evaluated via presentations and student projects. During the course participants will also be asked to present their own research.

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