Marine zooplankton ecophysiology

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General information

Zooplankton are a crucial link in marine pelagic food-webs. During the course we will conduct experiments to assess the metabolic balance of a copepod, one of the most representative components of zooplankton. The students will have to design and conduct the experiments, process and analyze the data, and finally give a short presentation and discussion on the results.

There will be 3 groups of 4 people each. Practical work will involve two 2-day practical sessions. Groups will rotate through two practical sessions.

Programme information: 

Day 1. Presentation of teachers and students, definition of the objectives of the practical work and hypotheses, design of the experiments to be conducted during the course, first hands on with laboratories and zooplankters
Day 2. Group I will conduct feeding and egg production experiments with adult copepods. Group II will conduct feeding and somatic growth experiments with juvenile copepods. Group III will conduct respiration and excretion experiments with copepods, and also practical exercises on metabolism. Incubations will last ca. 20 h, and data will be processed during the session.
Day 3. Free. Barcelona provides many cultural and touristic options for visitors.
Day 4. Rotation of the students among groups. Group I will conduct feeding and egg production experiments with adult copepods. Group II will conduct feeding and somatic growth experiments with juvenile copepods. Group III will conduct respiration and excretion experiments with copepods. Incubations will last ca. 20 h, and data will be processed during the session.
Day 5. End of data processing, analysis of results and discussion.

Objective:

Laboratory experimentation with cultured phyto- and zooplankton. Practical exercises on metabolism.

Contact Person: Barcelona Ocean (barcelonaocean.icm@gmail.com)

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Venue

Venue: Institut de Ciències del Mar
Barcelona, Spain

Application

Open from
1 Mar 2016 to 28 Sep 2016

Cost:

Full price of this course is 650€. A reduced registration fee of 500€ is applied for early registrations (20 days before the opening of the course).


Prerequisites:

Background in Marine Biology is required.


Regulations:

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Qualification

Academic level: Master, PhD, Lifelong Learning

Assessment:

Bring your own computer with word processor, spreadsheet and graphic software, and Power Point or similar. You will have to work data on your own, make graphs and give a short presentation.

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