Areas of Expertise
- Ocean acidification
- Invertebrate biology
- Fish biology
- Invertebrate immunology
- Larval biology
This module follows on from BIO105 Animal Diversity to discuss the evolution, ecology, structure and functional physiology of the paraphyletic group of animals referred to as fish. There will also be some detail on fisheries. Practicals will provide an introduction to the anatomy of fish by means of dissection and an appreciation of the diversity of fish types and their very different ecological roles.
This module introduces students to the vast diversity of marine invertebrate and the fundamental roles they play in marine ecology. Students will receive 18 lectures and three laboratory practicals covering the general themes of: marine invertebrate taxonomy and developmental biology; form, function and behaviour; comparative physiology; reproductive strategies and biogeography; and ecological roles. Students will be examined on their understanding of the lecture material, recommended reading and practical techniques.
This residential field course comprises practical work employing shore-based techniques to sample littoral and benthic marine habitats. Students will learn techniques for the identification of marine organisms and gain experience in the analysis and presentation of ecological data.
This field based module will provide students with an introduction to the ecology of tropical marine systems and teach students the key practical skills required by tropical marine biologists. Students will obtain training in how to design, implement and report scientifically robust marine research. The module will complement the level three marine field course and help develop key skills in field based marine biology. Students will learn skills in marine ecology and taxonomy, in-water marine sampling and surveys, and impact assessment. This module will be mostly practical based but will also include theory lectures, workshops and feedback sessions. It would be structured around seven days of directed practical activities and a three day small group based mini-project. The field course will utilise snorkeling and intertidal walking as the major means of sampling throughout directed practical¿s.
Students in this course will learn to (1) identify scientific papers of relevance to their program of study using literature databases, (2) appraise the results of primary research and effectively extract and summarise scientific information, and (3) present the results of a literature search in a clear and logical manner within a correctly structured review format Assessment for this module is 100% through continuous assessment. This module requires the submission of two pieces of work of appropriate standard and according to the format of a peer-review publication. The topic of the first review will be given by the instructor and will be submitted before the end of term 1 (worth 40% of the mark), while the second term review (topic chosen by the student) will be submitted at the end of the term (worth 60% of the mark). There are no examinations for this module