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Participants December 2014 "Physiology of Air-Breathing Fish in the Mekong Delta"

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Acid base and ion regulation in a hypercapnic world

December 5-16, College of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Can Tho University, Vietnam

Course Description

An innovative graduate level course taught by an international team of experts in comparative physiology. The tropical environment is frequently both deeply hypoxic and hypercapnic, which on an evolutionary scale has led to numerous appearances of vertebrate air-breathing. In addition, waterlogged tropical delta regions often house acid sulphate soils with very low pH (<3.5) waterways at the onset of the rainy-season. This course will examine the integrative physiology of air-breathing fish with particular focus on the challenges to acid and ion regulation encountered in the transition from aquatic to terrestrial habitats. The course will run from Monday, December 5 until Friday December 16, 2016 at the College of Agriculture and Fisheries, Can Tho University, Can Tho, Vietnam, and consist of lectures (see topic list below) and mini-projects. A wide variety of local fish species will be available for the projects including some living at below pH 4. Enrollment on the course will be limited to a maximum of 24 students. Organizers anticipate some level of travel support for all international students accepted into the course.

Lecture Topics

Biophysical properties of air and water, climate and the evolution of air breathing, environmental hypercapnia and global change, respiratory gas exchange and ventilatory control, circulatory “design”, blood gas transport, acid-base balance, ion balance and ammonia excretion.

 

Projects

Students will learn basic research techniques and analytical approaches through the projects. Available techniques include basic surgical techniques including catheterization, measurements of blood flow and ventilation, metabolic rate measurements using closed and flow through respirometry, blood gas measurements, and analysis of ions, pH and ammonia. A variety of fish species will be available including air-breathers and fish adapted to very low pH. 

Faculty

Mark Bayley, PhD. Zoophysiology, Department of Biosciences, Aarhus University, Denmark

Colin Brauner, PhD. Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Canada

James Hicks, PhD. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Irvine, USA

Atsushi Ishimatsu, PhD. Institute for East China Sea Research, Nagasaki University, Japan

Frank Bo Jensen, DSc. Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark

Sjannie Lefevre, PhD. Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, Norway

Bill Milsom, PhD. Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Canada

Göran Nilsson, PhD. Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, Norway

Do Thi Thanh Huong, PhD. College of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Can Tho University, Vietnam

Nguyen Thanh Phuong, PhD. College of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Can Tho University, Vietnam

Tobias Wang, PhD. Zoophysiology, Department of Biosciences, Aarhus University, Denmark

 

Application Deadline: 15-August-2016

Send application (cover letter indicating why the course will be relevant to your graduate work and CV) to Dr. Mark Bayley mark.bayley@bios.au.dk

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Past Courses

 

 

Stereology Course

August 1-3, 2015,

Can Tho University (Phu Quoc Island) Vietnam

 

Course Description

This stereology course takes place from 1st to 3rd of August, 2015 at Can Tho University, Vietnam. Design-unbiased quantification of biological structure using contemporary stereological techniques is increasingly being used as an essential research tool. The techniques can be applied efficiently if built into the overall study design. Topics covered include: 1) The measurement of volume, surface area, length, number and connectivity (disector/fractionator) in 3-dimensional space using 2-dimensional images; 2) The measurement of these structural parameters in homogeneous and non-homogeneous tissues; 3) The design of efficient, unbiased sampling strategies; 4) Plane of sectioning; 5) How to determine the optimal number of animals per group and measurements per animals; 6) shrinkage issues and the corrections. The course is a general and intense 3-day learning experience with a mixture of lectures and hands on exercises during the day. The course can be used in all medical and biological research areas and the examples span from brain to bone. In the breaks and evenings, participants have ample opportunity to discuss their individual projects with the instructors.

Faculty

Jens Randel Nyengaard, Stereology and Electron Microscopy Laboratory, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Denmark

Mark Bayley, Department of Bioscience, Zoophysiology, Aarhus University, Denmark

Myphuong Le, Department of Bioscience, Zoophysiology, Aarhus University, Denmark

 

Physiology of Air-Breathing Fish in the Mekong Delta, Viet Nam: Basic, Applied and Conservation


December 1-12, 2014,
College of Aquaculture and Fisheires, Can Tho University, Viet Nam

COURSE DESCRIPTION

An innovative graduate level course taught by an international team of experts in comparative physiology. This course will focus on the integrative physiology of air breathing fish in the Mekong Delta. The effects of environmental factors on adaptive traits, as well as application of fundamental physiology to aquaculture and conservation issues will be stressed. The course will run from Monday, December 1 until Friday December 12, 2014 at the College of Agriculture and Fisheries, Can Tho University, Can Tho, Viet Nam, and consists of lectures (see topic list below), practicals and minprojects. Enrollment in the course will be limited to a maximum of 24 students. Organizers anticipate some level of travel support for all international students accepted into the course.



LECTURE TOPICS

Biophysical properties of air and water, paleoatmospheres, climate and the evolution of air breathing, respiratory gas exchange and ventilatory control, Circulatory “design”, lood gas transport, acid-base balance, ion balance and ecotoxicology, energetics and digestion, importance of air breathing fish in aquaculture, determining adaptive traits and the importance of phylogenetic analysis.

 

LABORATORY PRACTICALS

Students will learn basic research techniques and analytical approaches in fish physiology including; basis surgical techniques, measurements of blood flow and ventilation, metabolic measurements using closed and flow through respirometry, blood gas measurements, and analysis of ions and pH.

 

FACULTY

- Mark Bayley, PhD; Zoophysiology, Dept. Biosciences, Aarhus University, Denmark

- Colin Brauner, PhD; Dept. of Zoology, Univ. of British Columbia, Canada

- James Hicks, PhD; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Irvine, USA

- Atsushi Ishimatsu, PhD; Graduate School of Fisheries Science and Environmental Studies, Nagasaki University, Japan

- Bill Milsom, PhD; Dept. of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Canada

- Do Thi Thanh Huong, PhD; College of Aquaculture & Fisheries, Can Tho University, Viet Nam

- Nguyen Thanh Phuong, PhD; College of Aquaculture & Fisheries, Can Tho University, Viet Nam

- Tobias Wang, PhD; Zoophysiology, Dept. Biosciences, Aarhus University, Denmark

 

 

Website: iaqua.ctu.edu.vn

iAQUA Project (Interdisciplinary Project on Climate Change in Tropical Aquaculture)
Address: College of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Campus 2, Can Tho University 3/2 street, Xuan Khanh ward, Ninh Kieu dist. Can Tho City.