Areas of Expertise
- Ocean acidification
- Invertebrate biology
- Fish biology
- Invertebrate immunology
- Larval biology
This course is designed for Biology students transitioning from A' Level to Higher Education, and will guide students through a series of tailored modules built around the WJEC Biology A' Level specifications. Each module covers information from across the curriculum, helping to link key biological concepts and build from core knowledge to more complex applications. The learning activities will consist of a short (10 ¿ 20 minutes) recorded or annotated lecture that will include self-assessment of understanding by a short quiz consisting of multiple-choice questions. Further on-line materials will be provided to assist students with learning independently. Personal support will be available through online tutor meetings at arranged time.
This module is divided into three sections, scientific writing, data analysis and chemistry, which will equip students with the core skills needed throughout their degree program. The content of the module includes understanding the different types of data that can be measured and collected, the tools to formally present and analyse data and data analyses, and practical applications of spreadsheet software. There is a 'hands on' focus on dealing with data and developing basic mathematical and statistical analytical skills. Furthermore this module introduces first year undergraduates to the key skill of scientific writing, developing their ability to locate, understand, evaluate and communicate scientific information. Basic chemistry will be covered as a foundation to its importance to biological processes.
This module introduces students to the largest biome on the planet and the huge variety of life it contains; over 71% of the Earth¿s surface is covered by ocean and its health is intricately connected with our own. Lectures will consider the formation of ocean basins and key oceanographic processes within them before moving onto the chemical and physical properties of water. The module will introduce students to primary production in the ocean, the huge diversity of life within marine food chains, and key processes in nutrient cycling. Marine ecosystems will be discussed in detail, with focus on those found around the UK, before considering the interaction between humans and the oceans and the challenges faced by marine organisms in an ocean changing because of our activities.
This module follows on from BIO105 Animal Diversity to discuss the evolution, ecology, structure and functional physiology of the paraphyletic group of animals referred to as fish. There will also be some detail on fisheries. Practicals will provide an introduction to the anatomy of fish by means of dissection and an appreciation of the diversity of fish types and their very different ecological roles. The aquarium visit will also introduce students to behavioural inventories and their role in determining animal welfare.
This module introduces students to the vast diversity of marine invertebrate and the fundamental roles they play in marine ecology. Students will receive 15 lectures and three practicals covering the general themes of: marine invertebrate taxonomy and developmental biology; form, function and behaviour; comparative physiology; reproductive strategies and biogeography; and ecological roles. Students will be examined on their understanding of the lecture material, recommended reading and practical techniques.
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.
This field-based module will introduce students to the professional techniques utilised to monitor and study marine life in a variety of marine and coastal habitats and in relation to conservation management and biodiversity monitoring in the United Kingdom. The course places a strong emphasis on marine ecological census techniques. Students will learn key skills relevant to the marine ecology sector including protected and economically-important species (especially marine mammals, fish, shellfish, coastal birds), Phase 1 habitat surveys and water quality surveys. Students will also learn about the biotic and abiotic factors that define different UK habitats and relevant regulations that protect them. The module provides an introduction to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and a range of impacts on the marine environment including energy generation and pollution. Participants in this module will work in groups acting as a marine environmental consultancy and the class will be responsible for producing key survey results for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and public engagement presentation for a proposed commercial development in Carmarthen Bay. Students will gain insider experience about professional techniques in marine (and freshwater) biology through a series of lectures delivered by marine environmental practitioners from environmental consultancies and regulatory organisations in the UK. The course includes a five-day residential field course in September/October which provides the students with the opportunity to practice the key technical skills in a real-world setting.
This module is designed to develop the research and/or survey skills of undergraduate students in Biology, Marine Biology and Zoology. It covers literature reviewing; research planning and experimental/survey design; safety assessment; data collection techniques; data analysis and presentation; critical evaluation; discussion of results in the light of published work; final report production and presentation of results at a research symposium.