This short course will focus on marine macroalgae, or seaweeds, and is designed to introduce taxonomic, systematic, physiological, and ecological aspects of Maine seaweeds. Through field, lecture, and laboratory experiences, we will survey the seaweeds and habitats found in the Gulf of Maine, examine the evolutionary processes that led to the diversification of seaweeds, and learn life histories as well as the processes that influence the distribution of seaweeds over space and time in the Gulf of Maine. We will also include a module on ethnobotany and the economic importance of seaweeds in the North Atlantic. The course is limited to 15 students to ensure an inimate learning environment. College credit can be arranged.
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