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The White Sea Molecular Zoology Summer School

Location: N.A. Pertzov White Sea Biological Station, Moscow
Event Type: Training Course
Event Date: 2009-09-06    
End Date: 2009-09-20

Event Description:
N.A.Pertzov White Sea Biological Station (WSBS MSU) invites undergraduate and graduate students studying zoology and ecology to participate in summer field school on Molecular Zoology, which will take place in September, 6-20 2009.

"THE WHITE SEA MOLECULAR ZOOLOGY SCHOOL" will provide a unique opportunity to get on-hand experience of wide array of molecular genetics methods and tools used in modern zoology. You are invited to spend two weeks in marvelous natural settings and friendly environment at small biological station located in pristine location called"Velikaya Salma" ("Great straight") of the Kandalaksha Bay of the White Sea exactly on the Polar Circle. Addition information about the station can be found here:

During two weeks you will be involved in organismal and ecological fieldwork, laboratory data collection, and analytical work. The course
will emphasise the use of molecular tools to address ecological and environmental questions.

The number of participants is limited to 12 people. Working language is English

Limited financial support to cover accommodation and tuition will be provided by the Biological Department of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University and Russian Foundation of Basic Research, however travel and meal expenses will be provided by the participants.

The meal expenses will be near 10 euro per day. The price of train ticket from Moscow to WSBS and back will be about 250 euro.

Contact person: Tatyana Neretina
For participation in this school please fill the form and send it before the 30th of March, 2009.


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Event programme:

-Faunistic survey of diverse marine fauna in different biotopes: littoral fauna, benthic study with grabs and corers, plankton
sampling from research vessel;

-Washing and processing and preliminary identification of benthic
samples, introduction to quantitative ecology sampling methods.

-Overview of major groups of invertebrates inhabiting the White Sea,
determination of species with taxonomic keys, primer on zoological

-DNA extraction. Overview of applicability of different protocols.

-PCR with standard barcoding (COI) primers , agarose
electrophoresis, pre-sequencing PCR-product purification

-PCR-RFLP analysis for species identification

-PCR with microsatellite (SSR) primers, - acrylamide electrophoresis,
EtBr staining.

-Demonstration of other methods such as TA-cloning of PCR products,
RNA extraction and RT-PCR (optional, subject to availability of time,
reagents, equipment and luck supply)

-Sequence analysis. Contig construction, quality checking of
nucleotide sequence, and BLAST and BLAT algorithms.

-Molecular Genetic databanks (GenBank etc.,) and other available
resources on the Internet.

-Discussion Barcoding approaches and approaches of sequence identification.

-Introduction to molecular ecology and population genetics analyses
including estimation of allele frequency of microsatellite loci,
statistical analysis of population differentiation, coalescence

-Introduction to phylogenetic analysis. (PAUP, Mr.Bayes, PAML, etc.)

Morning hours lectures (9:30 am noon will be followed by laboratory
practicals (1 pm till 7 pm), except the days dedicated to full-day or
half-day excursions for specimens collection, either on board of
research vessel "Belomor" or from the shore on littoral zone. Exact
schedule of field trips will be adjusted according to weather and

Tentative list of lecturers

Dr. Ken Halianych
Dr. Mikhail Matz
Dr. Alex Kondrashov
Dr.Tatiana Azhikina (Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Moscow)
Dr.Tatiana Neretina (WSBS)
Dr.Anna Zhadan (WSBS)
Prof. Yuriy Lebedev (Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Moscow)
Dr. Nikolai Mugue (Institute of Developmental Biology RAS / VNIRO,

Collaborators and organisers:
N.A. Pertzov White Sea Biological Station, Moscow State University

Website url: 

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: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

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