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.
Sensory Ecology aims to understand how organisms acquire, process and respond to information. It is a relatively new field within the biological sciences that draws on knowledge and techniques from a wide range of disciplines, beginning with the physics that defines the structure of information in the environment, through to the anatomy, neurophysiology, perceptual psychology and psychophysics that aims to understand how this information is sensed, processed and perceived. The subject also includes the behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology that seeks proximate and ultimate explanations for sensory systems. The module emphasises the interdisciplinary nature of studying sensory systems and aims to make links between different kinds of explanation.
|Start Date||End Date||Position Held||Location|
|April 2016||Present||Lecturer||Swansea University|
2017 - Present