Marine Microscopy & Microanalysis Course
22 June - 3 July, 2007
Marine Microscopy and Microanalysis will focus on the use of electron microscopic techniques in measuring the marine environment. You will learn techniques and use equipment available in electron microscopy to answer questions raised in marine biology.
The first three days will be spent at Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island collecting material and doing field exercises.
The remaining seven days will be spent in the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis processing materials, learning the techniques and theory and completing projects. Knowledge will be gained through lectures, tutorials, hands-on practical experience and completion of a project.
On completion of the course you will have experience in:
- Processing a sample for scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
- Imaging samples using SEM and TEM
- Collecting workable data and assessing the data in answering a question of relevance to marine studies
- Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) on sem
- Performing particle sizing
- Sample preparation (chemical fixation, drying and coating)
- Sectioning samples using ultramicrotomy
Sample topics include:
- Sea cucumbers: identification and composition
- Sponges and their symbionts
- Water analysis
- Substrates and microanalysis
This course is a collaboration between the Centre for Marine Studies and the Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis (CMM). It is taught by CMM staff who are experts in the use and applications of microscopy and analytical techniques. The CMM is recognised as one of the foremost centres for electron microscopy in the Southern hemisphere and in this course provides students with unrivalled access to equipment and techniques for modern marine biology.
Students entering this course are expected to have completed one first year biology course at university level.
For more information about the Great Barrier Reef Study Program, please contact:
Centre for Marine Studies
Level 7, Gehrmann Building
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Queensland, 4072
Phone: +61 7 3365 4333
Fax: +61 7 3365 4755