BS 3078 Subtropical Physiology and Ecology

This module aims to develop advanced field course skills with a particular focus on animal and plant physiology, ecology and behaviour. It will introduce a broad range of topics including biodiversity, paleontology, sampling, taxonomy and toxicology. The majority of this work will be completed on a 10-day residential field course, providing the opportunity to observe animals and plants in nature and complete toxicological experiments in a field laboratory. Background information needed to understand the ecosystem in Brazil and key concepts in field physiology and ecology will be presented in Leicester before travelling. An introduction to the Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG) will start the residential field course. Biodiversity and ecological work will be discussed, using the Taím marine station as an example. Paleontology will also be introduced. The formal teaching will comprise lectures, practical classes, workshops and tutorials. A major component of this module will be based upon field work.

BS3078: Subtropical Ecology and Physiology

The 3078 field course will start in January 2016 and will be based at the Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG) in Brazil. This intensive 10-day field course will provide broad training in behaviour, biodiversity, paleontology, physiology, sampling, taxonomy and toxicology. Special emphasis will be placed upon collection and analysis of the data in the field and field laboratory, building upon skills developed in preceding field course modules. FURG is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, close to the Brazil’s largest lagoon (Lagoa dos Patos) and on the edge of beautiful Cassino beach in the south of Brazil. Highlights of this course will include a visit to the Taim marine station to observe animals and plants, an oceanography trip to sample zooplankton and spot marine mammals and an introduction to palaeontology in the field. Facilities at FURG will be used to conduct physiological experiments in the laboratory. You will record your data and experiences in a reflective field journal and at the end of the module you will present the results of your studies orally to an audience of academic staff and students.

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