Molecular Probes in Marine Ecology: Concepts, Techniques and Applications
Author(s)Hastings, J. W.
Contributor(s)MARINE BIOLOGICAL LAB WOODS HOLE MA
Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
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AbstractEcology interfaces with and depends upon many scientific disciplines, ranging from geophysics and atmospheric chemistry to population genetics and behavioral biology, to name just a few. Likewise, ecological issues touch all of humanity, with concerns ranging from sewage disposal and recycling to the ozone hole and the greenhouse effect. Again, the actual list is a much longer one, and the concerns are compelling. The investigation and understanding of marine ecosystems can be viewed as one of the most important. By virtue of its buffering capacity for many physical and chemical variables, and because of its biological productivity, the ocean is central to both realities of the issues and the understanding of the problems. Ecology, in whatever disguise, embraces the many questions and seeks workable solutions. The marine ecology course, with its program in molecular marine biology, provided training in the use of molecular probes towards the solution of these problems. At the same time, it attempted to formulate a conceptual framework as to how these techniques may be applied to help resolve of the more global ecological issues. Keywords: Ecology; Molecular biology; Marine biology; Courses(Education), Probes; Oceans.