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CORALGAMAP Summer school on Coralline Algae in a multidisciplinary approach(29 June - 4 July 2015, Milan, Italy)

29
Jun
2015
 

CORALLINE ALGAE IN A MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH

Description

The crustose coralline algae (CCA) are one of the most widespread group of marine benthic habitat engineers. CCA bio-concretions are hotspots of biodiversity and providers of several goods and services to society, i.e. as highly productive fishing sites. Since CCA are completely calcified, they are frequently preserved as fossil, and may represent important paleoecological tool and economic resources (oil industry, building). As they are relevant both to bioscience (from molecular biology to ecology) and to geoscience (geomorphology, habitat mapping, paleoecology etc.), they should be approached by taking advantage of cross-fertilization from all these disciplines. The school is aimed at providing the basis for: 1) identification, mapping (geoacoustics), and monitoring of CCA-dominated habitats; 2) species identification in biological and fossil material; 3) ecology/paleoecology, and geochemistry of CCA. A full-immersion week with lessons and practical activities, to ground common concepts and improve specific expertise on coralline algae.

Topics covered

Introduction to the calcareous red algae (Biology, Paleontology, Taxonomy); CCA as habitat engineer: bio-concretions, build-ups and algal reefs; habitat mapping, conservation and management; CCA as paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic record; the carbonate production of CCA; the calcareous red algae and the ongoing global change; methods and techniques for biological and paleontological investigations.

Program Coordinator

Prof. Daniela Basso

External Partners

University of Trieste, Dept. of Life Sciences

Location

Milan

Application Deadline

March 15th, 2015

Prerequisites

Participants are expected to possess a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences, Marine Sciences, Geological Sciences or equivalent.

For further information, Contact:

coralgaschool@unimib.it