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 module introduces the students to coastal marine ecosystems and the broad ecological concepts that underpin coastal marine community structure. We then focus on the threats faced by these ecosystems from climate change and marine plastics to illegal fishing and tourism. The module then moves onto the conservation of marine ecosystems and the students will learn about the management of tropical marine protected areas (MPAs). The lectures cover the classification of marine biota and marine ecosystems and the ecology of a number of coastal marine habitats including temperate rocky, soft sediment shores, coral reefs, the deep sea and polar ecosystems. There are 3 pieces of coursework associated with this module. Two will have associated fieldtrips to Skomer Island (to observe puffin behaviour and habitat) and one to Crymlyn burrows. The third will be a talk, given to explain the key threats to their designated ecosystem studied in detail during the seminar sessions. All three rely on group collected observations and data with emphasis placed on teamwork and group cooperation.
This module is an alternative for students that are unable to attend the residential Biology, Zoology or Marine Biology field courses in Year 2. In order to qualify for this module, students need to have a satisfactory reason that has been authorised by the module coordinators before the field course is undertaken. Evidence of this will be required. Students will be supplied with data to analyse and directed to research and investigate relevant habitats that emulate those studied on the field course.
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.
This field-based module will introduce students to the professional techniques utilised to monitor and study marine life in a variety of marine and coastal habitats and in relation to conservation management and biodiversity monitoring in the United Kingdom. The course places a strong emphasis on marine ecological census techniques. Students will learn key skills relevant to the marine ecology sector including protected and economically-important species (especially marine mammals, fish, shellfish, coastal birds), Phase 1 habitat surveys and water quality surveys. Students will also learn about the biotic and abiotic factors that define different UK habitats and relevant regulations that protect them. The module provides an introduction to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and a range of impacts on the marine environment including energy generation and pollution. Participants in this module will work in groups acting as a marine environmental consultancy and the class will be responsible for producing key survey results for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and public engagement presentation for a proposed commercial development in Carmarthen Bay. Students will gain insider experience about professional techniques in marine (and freshwater) biology through a series of lectures delivered by marine environmental practitioners from environmental consultancies and regulatory organisations in the UK.
This module is designed to develop the research and/or survey skills of undergraduate students in Biology, Marine Biology and Zoology. It covers literature reviewing; research planning and experimental/survey design; safety assessment; data collection techniques; data analysis and presentation; critical evaluation; discussion of results in the light of published work; final report production and presentation of results at a research symposium.