Bioscience students heading into the mangroves at Mosio Jose, Puerto Rico

In January students from Biosciences embarked on a tropical marine biology field trip in Puerto Rico

The first of its kind for students at Swansea, the course provides an insight into the ecology of tropical marine systems, equipping students with key practical skills required by tropical marine biologists, and provides them with training in how to design, implement and report scientifically robust marine research.

PuertoRicoBioscience students share their thoughts on this amazing experience:

Holly Stokes: “The most amazing trip with some amazing people. Thank you so much for making the trip so worthwhile”

Dan Jones: “Absolutely incredible trip. Shout out to all the staff for making it possible. Biobay and the night snorkels were amazing”

Becky Watkins: “an amazing module and worth every penny”

Joel Brown: “Best experience of Uni so far”

The module complements the existing marine field course and helps to develop further key skills in field based marine biology, building on students experience gained during their final year dissertation projects. Students learn skills in marine ecology and taxonomy, in-water marine sampling and surveys, and impact assessment.

The field course is mostly practical based but will also include theory lectures, workshops and feedback sessions. It is structured around a series of directed practical activities and then a small group based mini-project.

Snorkelling and intertidal walking are the major means of sampling throughout directed practicals, with students getting the opportunity to do some boat based activities.