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2008 International Graduate Training Course in Antarctic Biology

"Integrative Biology and Adaptation of Antarctic Marine Organisms"

January 5, 2008 8:00 AM  to 
February 5, 2008 5:00 PM
McMurdo Station, Antarctica

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Biology course students collect water samples below the McMurdo Sound sea ice.

Biology course students collect water samples below the sea ice in McMurdo Sound.
Credit: NSF/USAP photo by Ginny Figlar.


This National Science Foundation sponsored course will be held in Antarctica at McMurdo Station for one month, starting January 2008. This international course is open to all nationalities and to applicants from any country. Graduate students enrolled in PhD programs, postdoctoral fellows, and other research scientists who are interested in studying extreme environments and the biology of antarctic organisms are invited to apply.

The course will accommodate up to 20 students. Full scholarships are available to each student accepted into the course to cover the cost of travel from his or her home institution to Antarctica and for room and board.

The emphasis of the Antarctic Biology Course is on integrative biology, with laboratory- and field-based projects focused on adaptations in an extreme polar environment. A diverse teaching faculty will offer students the possibility of working on a wide range of antarctic organisms (bacteria, algae, invertebrates, and fish), as well as working at several different levels of biological analysis (molecular biology to whole organisms).

The 2008 faculty includes

Dr. Donal Manahan, Course Director, University of Southern California -- Invertebrate development and molecular physiology
Dr. Mark Denny, Stanford University -- Biomechanics
Dr. Deneb Karentz, University of San Francisco -- Photobiology and phytoplankton ecology
Dr. Alison Murray, University of Nevada -- Microbial ecology and genomics
Dr. George Somero, Stanford University -- Biochemical adaptation

Deadline for receipt of completed applications is 15 August 2007. For more information and on-line applications, please see --

Meeting Type

Dr. Donal Manahan, Course Director, email:

Related Agencies
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California

NSF Related Organizations
Office of Polar Programs

Related Programs
Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems

Additonal Information
Antarctic Biology Course announcement
Antarctic Biology Course web site
Application Form: Biology Training Course in Antarctica