Areas of Expertise

  • Zoology
  • Parasitology
  • Freshwater bivalves

 

 

Publications

  1. Thomas, G., Taylor, J., Leaniz, C., Garcia De Leaniz, C. Does the parasitic freshwater pearl mussel M. margaritifera harm its host? Hydrobiologia
  2. Thomas, G., Taylor, J., Garcia de Leaniz, C., Garcia De Leaniz, C., Thomas, G. Captive breeding of the endangered freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera Endangered Species Research 12 1 1 9
  3. Robson, A., Thomas, G., Leaniz, C., Wilson, R., Garcia De Leaniz, C., Wilson, R., Thomas, G. Valve gape and exhalant pumping in bivalves: optimization of measurement Aquatic Biology 6 191
  4. Davies, C., Thomas, G., Maffeis, T., Wootton, E., Penny, M., Rowley, A. Detailed surface morphology of the 'lobster louse' copepod, Nicothoe astaci, a haematophagous gill parasite of the European lobster, Homarus americanus Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 122 48 51

Teaching

  • BIO105 From Seas to Skies: Animal Diversity, Form and Function

    This module is an introduction to the animal kingdom, and will provide students with a broad understanding of all animal life, from single celled protozoa through to megafauna such as the blue whale. During this module, students will develop their understanding of animal classification, interrelationships and evolution, and will gain valuable practical experience of animal biology.

  • BIO105C O'r Dyfroedd i'r Nen: Amrywiaeth a Ffisioleg Anifeiliaid

    Mae'r modiwl hon yn cyflwyno myfyrwyr i'r amrywiaeth o anifeiliaid sy'n bodoli, o'r protozoa un-gellog i fod dynol, ac i ddarparu dealltwriaeth o'r ffisioleg a systemau biolegol o fewn nifer o'r grwpiau. Mae'r modiwl yma yn gyflwyniad i'r anifeiliaid, modiwl craidd s¿olegol gyntaf eich astudiaethau, ac mi fydd yn darparu ddealltwriaeth eang o'r holl anifeiliaid i fyfyrwyr, o protosoa ungellog drwodd i "megafauna" megis y morfil glas. Yn ystod y modiwl hwn, bydd myfyrwyr yn datblygu eu dealltwriaeth a'u gwybodaeth o ddosbarthu anifeiliaid, cydberthnasau ac esblygiad, ac mi fyddynt yn ennill profiad ymarferol gwerthfawr o fioleg anifeiliaid This Welsh-language module is compulsory for all first year Bioscience students who wish to study a proportion of their course in Welsh, or who have scholarships that are reliant on their completing Welsh-medium modules. This module is an introduction to the animal kingdom, the first core zoological module of your studies, and will provide students with a broad understanding of all animal life, from single celled protozoa through to megafauna such as the blue whale. During this module, students will develop their comprehension and knowledge of animal classification, interrelationships and evolution, and will gain valuable practical experience of animal biology

  • BIO228 Parasitology

    Parasitism is a highly successful strategy employed by representatives from all animal and fungal phyla, and from a large number of plants. Parasitism is a key driver of adaptation, and by extension evolution, yet is an often overlooked component in this process. This module explores the fascinating relationships between parasites and their hosts, with emphasis on parasites of medical and veterinary importance, and the importance of zoonotic diseases for human health.

  • BIO231 Year 2 Biological Sciences Literature Review

    This module is designed to develop the core literacy skills of undergraduate students at Level 2 in Biosciences. It consists of the production of a detailed, 3000 word critical review of a recent topic of scientific interest that is relevant to the students degree scheme (biological, zoological or marine) and an accompanying scientific poster. Students are required to independently undertake a thorough literature search utilising an appropriate scientific search engine. They must then collate all of the relevant information into a comprehensive review summarising the key aspects of the topic whilst also validating the reliability of the sources of information. Furthermore, students will be required to prepare a poster summarising the key background information and findings of their review. All reviews will be submitted electronically via TURNITIN to ensure compliance with the Universities policies on plagiarism.

  • BIO231C Adolygiad Llenyddiaeth Bl 2

    Mae'r modiwl hwn wedi'i gynllunio i ddatblygu sgiliau llythrennedd craidd myfyrwyr israddedig Lefel 2 y Biowyddorau. Mae'n cynnwys cynhyrchu poster ac adolygiad manwl a beirniadol o'r llenyddiaeth ddiweddar ar bwnc sy'n berthnasol i bwnc gradd y myfyriwr (swoleg, bioleg, bioleg y mor). Rhaid i'r adolygiad fod yn 3000 o eiriau o hyd. Mae'n ofynnol i fyfyrwyr gynnal chwiliad llenyddiaeth drylwyr annibynnol gan ddefnyddio cronfa gwyddonol priodol neu peiriant chwilio. Rhaid i'r myfyriwr gasglu'r holl wybodaeth berthnasol mewn adolygiad cynhwysfawr sy'n crynhoi'r agweddau allweddol o'r pwnc tra hefyd yn dilysu dibynadwyedd y ffynonellau gwybodaeth. Ar ben hynny, bydd myfyrwyr yn paratoi poster yn crynhoi'r wybodaeth hyn yn gryno, ynghyd a chefndir allweddol a chanfyddiadau eu hadolygiad. Bydd adolygiadau yn cael eu cyflwyno yn electronig trwy Turnitin i sicrhau cydymffurfiaeth â pholisïau y Brifysgol ar llên-ladrad. This module is designed to develop the core literacy skills of undergraduate students at Level 2 in Biosciences. It consists of the production of a detailed, 3000 word critical review of a recent topic of scientific interest that is relevant to the students degree scheme (biological, zoological or marine) and an accompanying scientific poster. Students are required to independently undertake a thorough literature search utilising an appropriate scientific search engine. They must then collate all of the relevant information into a comprehensive review summarising the key aspects of the topic whilst also validating the reliability of the sources of information. Furthermore, students will be required to prepare a poster summarising the key background information and findings of their review. All reviews will be submitted electronically via TURNITIN to ensure compliance with the Universities policies on plagiarism.

  • BIO251 Biosciences Year 2 field course alternative assessment

    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.

  • BIO260 Marine Biology 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.

  • BIOM37B Conservation of Aquatic Resources

    The module will identify major issues in the conservation of aquatic organisms and develop the knowledge base of students in aquatic conservation, including those related to captive breeding programmes and the potential effects of climate change and other stressors. Some of the lectures/seminars are given by invited experts in the field. The module is assessed by a combination of continuous assessment (50%) and written examination (50%).

  • GEC269 Cyfathrebu Gwyddoniaeth

    This module introduces students to the subject of Science Communication. Students will learn how to communicate complex scientific concepts to different audiences using a variety of techniques. Each day of the course will focus onto different mode of communication. Day 1 will introduce the subject area and focus onto personal communication styles and performance training. Day 2 will focus onto press releases and print media with students writing their own press releases, their own newspaper articles, blogs and social media. This session will be held with support form Catrin Newman at the Swansea University Press Office. Day 3 will focus onto audible media (i.e. radio). Students will develop and record a science-themed radio magazine show at the BBC Radio Cymru studios in Cardiff. Day 4 will focus onto visual media (i.e. television). Students will develop and record a science-themed TV segment based on an element of university research. This session will be held with support from Telesgop TV production company and Swansea University media services. Day 5 will focus onto science communication with younger audiences. Students will develop and present a hands-on activity for primary school aged children.