Areas of Expertise
- Marine environmental survey
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Marine renewable energy
- Migratory fish
- Fish conservation
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This module introduces the students to various marine ecosystems and the broad ecological concepts that underpin marine community structure. The first block of lectures will present processes that are common across many marine ecosystems. Subsequent lectures will go into detail on types of marine ecosystems, with specific examples in tropical, temperate, and polar regions. Within these lectures we will focus on some of the threats faced by these ecosystems, ranging from climate change and marine plastics to illegal fishing and tourism. The module will also introduce conservation efforts in the marine ecosystems presented over the semester. There will be two fieldtrips that will exemplify some of the processes and challenges faced by biota found in some of the ecosystems covered in the lectures. One will be to the Crymlyn Burrows saltmarsh/estuary to assess the adaptations of estuarine organisms to salinity variability and the other will be carried out on the RV Mary Anning investigating how primary and secondary production can influence marine community structure. There are three pieces of coursework associated with the module. Two of these will be based around the field trips. These assignments will rely on observations and data, with emphasis placed on teamwork and group cooperation both in the field and when preparing and presenting your findings. The third will be a computer-based practical using ecosystem modelling software to look at how different threats (e.g. ocean warming, overfishing) might impact a virtual marine ecosystem.
This module introduces the students to sampling techniques used in marine biological research and commercial surveys. Students are given training and instruction on safe implementation of sampling from boat and shore. Students are given theoretical information on different sampling gears and gear selection followed by practical use of these gears on the University Research Vessel RV Noctiluca. Assessment is 100% coursework. Students are also given training in molecular/biochemical techniques commonly used in Marine Biology.
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.