Areas of Expertise
- Animal Colouration
- Visual Ecology
- Comparative Methods
- Life History
- Invasion Biology
This module follows on from the introduction to vertebrates in the Level 4 Animal Diversity, Form and Function module, providing detail on form and function in vertebrates that spend all or part of their life cycle on land. Aspects of tetrapod behaviour, morphology and physiology will be considered in terms of adaptation and evolutionary constraint. Practicals will provide an introduction to the anatomy of birds and mammals by means of dissection, inference of the phylogenetic relationships between avian species, and an exploration of how beak morphology affects ecological niche in birds. Overall, students will gain an appreciation of the diversity of tetrapod types and an insight into the fundamental importance of metabolic rate in animals.
This residential field course comprises practical work employing techniques appropriate to sampling the zoological biodiversity of a range of terrestrial and freshwater habitats (coastland, woodland, grassland, freshwater systems). Students will learn techniques for the identification of species, practice recording accurate field notes, and gain experience in the analysis and presentation of zoological and ecological data. Furthermore students will be able to recognise and describe key groups of animals associated with a range of temperate habitats.
This module explores how organisms gather information from their environment and how they use this to make decisions and perform vital tasks such as foraging and mating. Taking the physical structure of different environments and the needs of the organisms that inhabit them as starting points, the course investigates the physiology and evolutionary ecology of sensory systems within and across modalities (visual, auditory, magnetoreception etc.), to understand why they vary so much, and how they are used.
|Start Date||End Date||Position Held||Location|
|April 2016||Present||Lecturer||Swansea University|
2017 - Present