2003 Edwin W. Pauley Summer Program in Marine Biology

Assessing the Health of Pacific Corals

June 9 to 28, 2003
Photo of stressed coral.

Coral reefs worldwide are declining at an alarming rate. Mass bleaching events and increases in the frequency of coral diseases have contributed to this decline. As such, there is an increasing need for coral scientists to be able to accurately access the health of corals. The focus of the 21st Edwin W. Pauley summer Program in Marine Biology was on giving students knowledge and skills useful in recognizing and assessing stressed corals, either diseased or bleached. Class format included lectures and training in a variety of techniques useful in determining coral health. These included field techniques of identification and surveying of stressed corals as well as a variety of laboratory methods including microbial, histopathological and physiological techniques.



Dr. Greta Aeby,Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii, Manoa, USA
Mr. Craig Downs, enVirtue Biotechnologies, USA
Dr. Esther Peters, Tetra Tech, USA
Dr. Forest Rohwer, California State University, San Diego, USA
Dr. Cheryl Woodley, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA
note: lead faculty in bold





Dates Topic
June 9 14
Dr. Esther Peters, Tetra tech; Dr. Debbie Santavy, US EPA
  1. Identification and surveying of stressed corals
  2. Histopathology of corals
  3. Updated schedule for week 1
  4. Suggested readings for week 1
June 16 21
Mr. Craig Downs, enVirtue Biotechnologies, Inc.; Dr. Cheryl Woodley, NOAA
  1. Physiological determinants of coral health
  2. Get the lab schedule for week 2 (PDF)
  3. Get the reading list for week 2 (pdf format)
June 23 - 28;
Dr. Forest Rohwer, San Diego State University
  1. Microbial ecology of coral reefs
  2. Schedule for week 3
  3. Tentative syllabus for week 3



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