Collecting and Identifying Seaweeds course
British Phycological Society in association with the Marine Biological Association of the UK
A field course by Professor Christine Maggs (Bournemouth University) & Francis Bunker (MarineSeen, Pembrokeshire).
A popular 3 day course now in its 12th year
Numbers will be limited to enable the tutors to cater for individual needs of interested amateurs, professional biologists requiring further training or refreshers, students (graduate and post graduate), artists, and those working with the Water Framework Directive.
Topics to be covered:
•Collecting and identifying algae in the field
•Water Framework Directive Species Identification
•Use of keys and identification guides, microscopes and identification in the lab
•Seaweed life histories and reproduction
•Preserving seaweeds for a variety of different purposes.
•Making a herbarium with necessary notes (it is hoped to include a viewing of the MBA’s famous algal herbarium)
•Donating seaweeds voucher specimens to museums; archiving material
•Preparing specimens for DNA extraction and analysis techniques
•Culture of seaweeds for research purposes
Outline Course Program:
The course will start at 0930 on Tuesday 8th March and end at 1500 on Thursday 10th March (Sites chosen for field visits may vary depending on weather conditions etc).
Day 1 – Introductory lecture followed by a field trip to a local shore for collection and later laboratory identification.
Day 2 – Laboratory identification of collected specimens, short lectures on a variety of topics, field trip to a contrasting habitat.
Day 3 – Laboratory identification and further brief lectures.
It is planned to collect sublittoral specimens to supplement the shore collections.