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University of Guam Marine Lab

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These programs have two main components: (1) training instructors in scientific concepts and applications; and (2) providing equipment and supplies to the academic institution.

Ocean current and water quality studies


Assessment and Management of Coral Reefs


The Palau International Coral Reef Center held a workshop co-sponsored by the Palau Community College on ocean current and water quality studies during the summer 2007.  Participants were trained in how to use the following equipment: YSI recording sounds, acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP), and related supplies.  Participants were also trained on how to collect, download and analyze  data to integrate their results with efforts under the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force.  This includes efforts to help protect coastal water quality and establish a network of marine protected areas (MPA’s). The University of Guam Marine Laboratory provides a five-week course taught for the first time in the summer of 2003. It has been specifically developed for islanders with participation of additional resource managers and graduate students. The syllabus includes both technical training in laboratory and field methodologies as well as policy implementation. The workshop supplies appropriate equipment and training in the use and application of techniques used in coral reef monitoring, taxonomy, molecular systematic, coral reproductive biology, and bioassays.

Environmental Forensics


Taxonomy of Pacific Island Coral Reef Organisms


The Kewalo Marine Laboratory at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, will offer this workshop May 12 –19, 2008, that focuses on the identification of molecular biomarkers of exposure to pollutants and stressors as well as genetic effects at the population, organismal, cellular and sub cellular levels. Training will include biomarker identification, assessment of genetic diversity patterns, and the use of PCR, ELISA, PAGE and protein determination. This workshop is being designed and taught in collaboration with a partnering NOAA program and experts in environmental forensics from the private sector, with the explicit goal of developing these technologies for applications in developing island nations and countries. The Palau Community College/PICRC will offer this workshop June 2– 6, 2008. Participants will gain experience in traditional morphometrics and the application of molecular techniques learned in the Molecular Tools workshop. A specific goal of this workshop is to support the development of reference collections for each of the islands served by the ATE program. As such, participants will also learn how to catalog and reference taxonomic collections.