Areas of Expertise
- Marine ecology
- Marine invertebrates
- Infauna and epibenthos
- Marine renewable energy
- Swansea Bay
- North Sea
- Lanice conchilega
This module will provide the learner with a detailed and holistic overview of life on earth and includes a range of subject matter including evolution, cell biology, anatomy and physiology, as well as behaviour, ecology and conservation. The module is supported by two practicals that aim to build core skills required within the field of biology including identification skills, field based sampling, and numerical skills.
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), running a conservation charity and the legislation and governance which covers both the UK and international marine ecosystems. 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 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.
The module provides an introduction to the Environmental Impact Assessment process and a range of impacts on the marine environment including energy generation and pollution. Participants in this module will act as a marine environmental consultant and the class will be responsible for producing all aspects of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report and public engagement presentation for a commercial development in Swansea Bay. Additionally, students will receive lectures from marine environmental practitioners from environmental consultancies and regulatory bodies.