Summer Courses at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)

Summer Courses at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) – APPLICATION DEADLINE APRIL 30

All students are eligible to apply for competitive scholarships and may obtain academic credit for these courses, pending exchange of information between BIOS and the student’s home institution.

Modern Observational Oceanography (June 30 – July 20)

Instructors: Prof. Nicholas Bates (BIOS & University of Southampton), Dr. Rod Johnson (BIOS) and Ruth Curry (WHOI & BIOS)

Modern oceanography combines increasingly large and diverse datasets to further our understanding of biogeochemical and physical processes in the marine environment. How are these data obtained and used? The aim of this Modern Observational Oceanography course is to provide students with a broad introduction to and practical experience in the field of observational oceanography utilizing a variety of state-of-the-art technologies and methods. The course integrates lectures, laboratory training, and fieldwork to introduce students to current research questions and the observational methods used to investigate them. Themes will include carbon and nutrient cycling, carbonate chemistry and ocean acidification, ocean-atmosphere interactions, and the spatial/temporal scales of physical ocean processes. Students will collect samples and utilize various sensors and instrumentation locally at the BIOS dock, on a 2-day research cruise aboard the R/V Atlantic Explorer, and through a small fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).

Coral Reef Ecology: Reef Response to Environmental Change (June 30 – July 20)

Instructors: Dr. Samantha de Putron (BIOS), Dr. Raphael Ritson-Williams (California Academy of Sciences), Dr. Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley (BIOS) and Dr. Yvonne Sawall (BIOS)

This course explores the responses of coral reefs to environmental change and focuses on reef ecology from two fundamental perspectives: 1) reef biogeochemistry emphasizes the ecosystem processes of metabolism (primary production and respiration) and calcification, and 2) reef resilience emphasizes the processes of reproduction and recruitment. Lectures will be complemented with field and laboratory exercises. Students will gain experience in field techniques measuring metabolism and calcification, assessing recruitment recovery, monitoring bleaching, disease, and invasive species. Laboratory experiments will include coral fertilization, symbiosis and bleaching, and use of a flume mesocosm to investigate effects of temperature and acidification on metabolism and calcification of different types of reef communities.. of temperature and acidification on metabolism and calcification of different types of reef communities.

Closing date for applications is April 30, 2019

Course details, application form and scholarship information are available on BIOS’s summer course webpage

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