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Algal Culturing Techniques Course



The Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) will have its annual Algal Culturing Course from Sunday, May 12 through Friday, May 17, 2019.  The course will be held at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Research and Education campus in East Boothbay, Maine.  Kindly note we will offer a single course instead of two shorter workshops.


Please click here for a copy of the syllabus.

Bigelow Laboratory





The fee for this workshop is $3,500 and includes:

  • Course tuition
  • Materials, including a laboratory manual
  • Lodging at the new Bigelow Laboratory Residence building
  • Continental breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch each day (the residence has a community kitchen for evening meals and there are a range of local restaurants).
  • Course participation certificate.





Got Algae?


The course will be taught by the experienced algal researchers at the NCMA, and other special guest instructors as appropriate.  


     Mike Preston, PhD.,  Senior Research Associate, NCMA

     Joan Blachette, Assistant Curator, NCMA

     Mark Hurd, Assistant Curator, NCMA

     Mike Lomas, PhD., NCMA Director

     Peter Countway, PhD., NCMA Associate Director for Algae


Please follow the link below to the workshop application, emergency contact information and media release forms, complete and return to ‘’.  Once we receive your application, a course payment invoice will be sent to you at the email you provide (so please place on your nice list).  Payment must be completed online by credit card (preferred), or by mailing a check to Rimar Reed, NCMA, 60 Bigelow Drive, East Boothbay, ME 04544.  The application form and payment are both required to successfully register for the course.  You will receive a confirmation email within two weeks of your successful registration. Space is limited and is filled on a first come first served basis.  We do expect the course to fill quickly.

     Workshop Application Form

     Emergency Contact Information form

     Media Release Agreement 

Financial assistance for graduate students that are members of the Phycological Society of America is available through the Hannah T. Croasdale Fellowship program.




 Thank you to this year's course sponsors:


Fluid Imaging Technology





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