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Marine Genomics

Course Numbers: OCMB - 8020 and BCOR - 5585

The primary goal of this course is to describe the latest advances in molecular biology, genomics computational biotechnology, and their interrelationships through classroom and computer laboratory exercises. Discussions will also place these topics in a marine and evolutionary context. We will study the milestone discoveries, which led to the rise of genomics, characteristics of the wide spectrum of different genomes (prokaryotic, eukaryotic and organellar), innovative molecular techniques and computational tools used to study these genomes, and the impact of genomics on current biological issues and problems.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • demonstrate proficient library and computer skills in data gathering and analysis
  • navigate and apply diverse, modern genetic databases and software
  • apply current bioinformatics and genomics methods to current marine organismal systems and problems
  • prepare oral and written reports in an acceptable standard scientific format
  • understand some of the larger questions and issues within genomics and large scale  data collection and analysis
  • learn to work and cooperate as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • identify the main contributors to coral research


Brown, T.A. (2006) Genomes. 3rd Ed. Taylor & Friends. ISBN 9‐780‐8153‐4138‐3

Gibson, G. & Muse, S.V. (2009). A Primer of Genome Science. 3rd Ed. Sinauer Associates, Incorporated. ISBN 1‐6053‐5012‐5

Oceanography Library Course Guide

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