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BALTDER Summer School 2005 “Adaptive strategies and biodiversity among intertidal and coastal marine organisms.”



Location: Hel Marine Station, Hel, Poland
Event Type: Training Course
Event Date: 2005-07-10    
End Date: 2005-07-18

Event Description:
The BALTDER Summer School 2005 is dedicated to the adaptation capacity of marine organisms, and the (subsequent) marine biodiversity at different organizational levels, going from genetic diversity to community diversity, with an emphasis on coastal zoobenthic organisms and communities. The course goes beyond traditional borders of disciplines and levels of organisation, and will cover definitions of biodiversity and adaptations in marine organisms. This interdisciplinary integration of international science is exemplified in the present course through genetic, ecophysiological, population and community biology research of zoobenthic species.

In field surveys, sediment samples will be taken for analyses of community diversity, and clams will be collected for analyses at the lower organisational levels. In subsequent practical courses the students will be trained in basic genetic analyses (isoenzyme electrophoresis), ecophysiological measurements (respiratory metabolism), population biology (length, growth and age distribution) and community analyses (zoobenthic species, numbers, biomass, biodiversity indices). Comparisons will be made between the community biodiversity and (adaptive) responses of organisms living under strongly differing situations, i.e. from a dynamic tidal marine area (the Dutch Oosterschelde estuary) and from a relatively stable brackish area (Gdansk Bay).
The practical training goes together with theoretical and explanatory lectures and with mathematical analyses of the data obtained.

The course will be given by European experts who have considerable experience in marine biodiversity, particularly with respect to benthic organisms, their genetics and physiology, Prof. Dr. Herman Hummel and Dr. Vincent Escaravage from the Centre for Estuarine and Marine Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Yerseke, the Netherlands in cooperation with Prof. Maciej Wołowicz, University of Gdańsk, Poland.




Contact email: oceas@univ.gda.pl

Event programme:
July 10 (Sunday)
10:00 - 22:00 Arrival of participants at the Hel Marine Station, accommodation

July 11 (Monday)
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 09:30 all Welcome by organisers: Organisational and technical affairs
09:30 - 10:00 all Lecture Introduction of the Institute of Oceanography, University of Gdańsk, Poland, and BALTDER
10:00 - 11:30 all Lecture “Introduction”
11:30 - 13:30 all Introduction and welcome by the Head of the Hel Marine Station, walk around the Station and the seal-ponds
13:30 - 15:00 Lunch
15:00 - 18:30 all Lectures “Intertidal ecosystems”“Ecosystem of the Baltic Sea”“Practical approach: sampling and treatment of
biological materials for biodiversity, physiological and genetic studies.”
20:00 - 21:00 all Plenary discussions “Marine biodiversity in Europe – the latest issues”;
Plans for Tuesday

July 12 (Tuesday)
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 13:30 gr.A+B Field trip for sampling onboard the research vessel IO UG r/v “Oceanograf II” in the Gulf of Gdańsk
gr.C+D Lectures “Biodiversity of benthic communities: Diversity in ecological science, principles, scales of assessment,
and use of diversity tools for management issues”“Practical approaches: genetics and ecophysiology
of marine organisms”
13:30 - 15:00 Lunch
14:30 - 19:00 gr.C+D Field trip for sampling onboard the research vessel IO UG r/v “Oceanograf II” in the Gulf of Gdańsk
gr.A+B Lectures “Biodiversity of benthic communities: Diversity in ecological science, principles, scales of assessment,
and use of diversity tools for management issues”“Practical approaches: genetics and ecophysiology
of marine organisms”
21:00 - … Open fire

July 13 (Wednesday)
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 13:30 gr.A+B Genetic analyses – electrophoresis.
gr.C Respiration measurements.
gr.D Composition and biomass of benthic communities.
13:30 - 15:00 Lunch
15:00 - 17:00 gr.A+B Genetic analyses – electrophoresis.
gr.D Composition and biomass of benthic communities.
gr.C Respiration measurements.
17:00 - 19:30 gr.A+B Genetic analyses – electrophoresis.
gr.D Composition and biomass of benthic communities.
gr.C Respiration measurements.

July 14 (Thursday)
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 13:30 gr.C+D Genetic analyses – electrophoresis.
gr.A Respiration measurements.
gr.B Composition and biomass of benthic communities.
13:30 - 15:00 Lunch
15:00 - 17:00 gr.C+D Genetic analyses – electrophoresis.
gr.B Composition and biomass of benthic communities.
gr.A Respiration measurements.
17:00 - 19:30 gr.C+D Genetic analyses – electrophoresis.
gr.B Composition and biomass of benthic communities.
gr.A Respiration measurements.

July 15 (Friday)
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 11:00 all Lectures "Marine biodiversity data processing: Learning through exercise, the application of mathematical software to
monitoring dataAn example: The alternative use of species list for management issues"
11:00 - … Excursion around the surroundings and study sites, visit in the Tri-city conurbation(lunch and evening meal on your own)

July 16, 2004 (Saturday)
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 13:30 gr.A+B Reading electrophoretic gels
gr.C+D Data processing (respiration rates and calculations of the biodiversity indicators).
13:30 - 15:00 Lunch
15:00 - 19:30 gr.C+D Reading electrophoretic gels
gr.A+B Data processing (respiration rates and calculations of the biodiversity indicators)

July 17 (Sunday)
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 11:00 all Data processing and evaluation
11:00 - 13:00 all Preparation of presentation
15:00 - 16:00 all Wrap up the presentations
16:30 - 18:30 all Presentations of the results
20:00 - … Social dinner

Monday 18 (Monday)
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
Departure of the participants


Collaborators and organisers:
Prof. Dr. Herman Hummel, the Centre for Estuarine and Marine Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Yerseke, the Netherlands, H.Hummel@nioo.knaw.nl - (lecturer, co-organiser)

Dr. Vincent Escaravage, the Centre for Estuarine and Marine Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Yerseke, the Netherlands, v.escaravage@nioo.knaw.nl - (lecturer)

Prof. Maciej Wołowicz, University of Gdańsk, Institute of Oceanography, Poland, ocemw@univ.gda.pl - (lecturer, organiser)

Dr Adam Sokolowksi, University of Gdańsk, Institute of Oceanography, Poland, oceas@univ.gda.pl - (lecturer, organiser, BSS2005 secretary)


Website url: http://www.ocean.univ.gda.pl/bss

Registration form: 

Registration fee: 

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 16

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by AdamSokolowski on 2005-04-12 and approved by webmaster