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UH Manoa hosts summer international oceanography program

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Jul 10, 2009

UH Mānoa‘s Center for Microbial Oceanography (C-MORE) will mark the end of its 2009 summer course, "Microbial Oceanography: Genomes to Biomes," with a public symposium and farewell gala on July 17.

The six-week course—led by UH Mānoa professors Matthew Church, David Karl, Michael Rappé and Grieg Steward, and Ed DeLong of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—was offered to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with interests in marine microbiology and biological oceanography.

Sixteen students from ten different countries (Portugal, Brazil, the U.S. including Puerto Rico, Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Israel, Canada, and the United Kingdom) participated in daily lectures, laboratory training, and three public symposia. Course topics included methods of determining variability in ocean ecosystem dynamics, the deep sea as a microbial habitat, and challenges and opportunities in microbial oceanography.

Students also participated in an eight-day research cruise aboard the R/V Kilo Moana. They conducted research in microbial oceanography at nine oceanographic stations along 158W, between 24N and 33N, using water samples collected from conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) casts, net tows, drifting arrays, and shipboard instrumentation,

The summer course was sponsored by the Agouron Institute, the National Science Foundation, the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE), and UH Mānoa‘s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST).

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