Environmental DNA (eDNA) coupled with metabarcoding represents a powerful tool for investigating ecosystem complexity and revealing hidden biodiversity. This novel approach is revolutionising the way we assess and monitor aquatic ecosystems.
Capacity building and training
This short course will consist of a two day series of talks, ranging from whale and dolphin evolution and diversity, to behavior and adaptations, to the history of whaling and current conservation problems for these animals.
This training course aims to provide PhD students and early career researchers with the fundamentals of ocean-colour satellite data and their applications. The course will deliver training in ocean-colour data and their applications in climate studies.
Join the global learner community that will be part of this Massive Open Online Course starting soon. We, a group of ocean scientists from natural sciences, law, economics and philosophy, will share with you our insights, providing an integrated view of the ocean system and its interactions with humanity. We provide lectures, links and reading material but more importantly, we interact in an online forum, think together on assignments, questionaires and quizzes.
The course requires personal work and interaction among participants and with lecturers. The international characteristics of the course favour the exchange of experiences and points of view. The course will be taught with a combination of lectures, applied examples, case studies and practical sessions that will provide the participant with hands-on experience on field sampling and data processing relevant to environmental monitoring of aquaculture.
Aquaculture is practiced in all types of existing aquatic environments, from marsh ponds and estuaries to rivers, lakes and the sea. In the Southwest of Spain, aquaculture activity is mainly located in natural earthen ponds, using the existing “salinas” after a necessary adaptation for fish production. As occurs with the marine environment, it is necessary to have a thorough knowledge of the land‐based ecosystems in which the aquaculture production process is to be developed.
The growing demand for a sustainable use of aquatic resources has stimulated research interest in untangling the functional relationships between aquatic organisms, including interactions at the basis of food webs. Knowledge of these (trophic) interactions is a prerequisite to understand and to protect the carrying capacity of aquatic ecosystems. Stable isotope analysis (SIA) has proven to be a useful tool in reconstructing diets, characterizing trophic relationships, elucidating patterns of resource allocation, and constructing food webs.
The second edition of the Blue Growth Summer School is taking place at GreenBridge, UGent Campus Ostend in Belgium from 11-22 September 2017. The Summer School will cover a wide range of topics throughout its run, from exploring the challenging role of oceans and seas in our future society, to assessing how people from multiple backgrounds and disciplines can work together to achieve goals that would not be possible without collaboration.
The school is mainly aimed at Master's or PhD students in engineering, bio-engineering, geography, or marine biology.
To achieve a better understanding of the connectivity of lab and modelling work, the 2017 Hjort Summer School has a strong focus on hands-on work. Accompanied by lectures, students will conduct lab experiments and link them to modelling experiences using examples highly relevant to the changing marine environment of today like mixotrophy, zooplankton fecal pellet production and carbon export. Students are also asked to prepare a poster-presentation of their own research. Upon completion, they receive a course diploma with a recommended 3 ECTS.
This edition of the summer school course will provide the participants a solid overall understanding of basic and applied aspects of Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP). This course will follow a holistic approach to MSP, addressing stakeholders’ involvement, maritime sector’s needs, marine environment conservation, national / international legal aspects and finally, applicable data management. Academics and professionals, with practical knowledge, experiences, and applicable methods as related tools, will give the course.