When?: Saturday 8th - Thursday 13th June 2013
Where?: Ythan Estuary (Newburgh) & Moray Firth (Cromarty)
Course Leaders?: Stuart Piertney, Alan Jamieson, Paul Thompson & Alex Douglas
The Biodiversity course uses the University's Field Stations on the Ythan and in the Moray Firth to introduce you to a range of terrestrial, coastal and marine habitats, and the techniques that are being used to study and manage these diverse systems.
The first two-days of this course will be run from the Department's Oceanlab at Newburgh on the banks of the Ythan. This part of the course is non-residential, and transport will be provided from Aberdeen to the Field Station each day. The remainder of the course is residential in Cromarty, working out of the Lighthouse Field Station.
Activities during the course include:
- Observation and photo-identification of bottlenose dolpins
- Observation and census of seals populations
- Biodiversity assessment of rocky-shore and soft-sediment intertidal organisms
- Bat detection and species identification techniques
- Assessment of seabird community structure
- Development of foodwebs to understand species interactions across trophic layers and different taxonomic groups
- Discussion on the roles of the different organisations responsible for the management and conservation of the Scottish coastal and marine biodiversity.
Student contribution: £150.00
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