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Have you ever wondered how many species of seaweed can be found along the coast of Maine? Or where and how they can be collected? This seminar is designed to be an introduction to phycology (the study of algae), and is suitable for anyone who is curious about seaweed and would like to learn more. A general introduction to the three main groups of seaweed (brown, green and red algae) will be combined with field trips to explore the rocky intertidal zone at low tide. This seminar will be a mix of lectures, fieldwork and laboratory time, and topics such as ecology, evolution, identification and taxonomy will be covered. The importance of marine macroalgae to the coastal environment as well as human uses (including edible seaweeds) will also be discussed. Students will have time to collect and identify specimens, and learn how to prepare a personal herbarium of their own collections. We will also go over tips and tricks for identification of seaweeds, and discussion of common difficulties encountered.

When: May 21st – 27th, 2023

Event Date: 
Sunday, May 21, 2023 - 09:15 to Saturday, May 27, 2023 - 21:15