This course presents the microscopic anatomy of scleractinian corals and gorgonians (Phylum Cnidaria, Class Anthozoa) to support studies on their ecology, physiology, reproduction, biochemistry, systematics, molecular biology/genetics, immunology, embryology, and pathology. Topics covered include histology, coral diseases, sample collection, preservation, processing, and histoslide preparation (lecture and discussion only, no laboratory), and slide reading of healthy and diseased specimens using light microscopy and virtual microscopy. The course begins with online readings and research, and then students will meet at NSUOC for one week of fultime lecture and laboratory sessions. Participants may bring histoslides from their own research to share with the group and discuss with Dr. Peters.
demonstrate a basic understanding of the microscopic structure of cnidarian cells and tissues
relate their structure and composition to metabolic function and organismal processes
compare the microscopic anatomy of different anthozoan species
understand pathobiology concepts and investigations
describe the histological techniques used to prepare tissue sections for microscopic examination
distinguish diseased tissue from tissue that is within normal limits
identify diverse symbionts and their roles in the holobiont (viruses, bacteria, protozoa, algae, fungi, metazoans)
appreciate the value of histology to inform various fields of scientific investigation
The Mission of the Oceanographic Center is to carry out innovative, basic and applied research and to provide high-quality graduate and undergraduate education in a broad range of marine science and related disciplines.