This course will:
- Introduce a range of organisms, their identification and approaches of studying their ecology with particular reference to upland streams and rivers, and their surroundings.
- Introduce basic techniques used in ecological investigations, with particular reference to those appropriate for aquatic ecosystems, including monitoring techniques used assessment of water and habitat quality.
- Help to develop an understanding of the environmental factors and community processes that are important in determining the species composition and distribution on flowing water ecosystems.
- Consider some of the problems of management of such systems under multiple uses such as water supply, recreation and biodiversity conservation.
The broad content of the field course is:
- Identification of freshwater invertebrates.
- Sampling of stream habitats and biota for monitoring, and ecological investigations.
- Data analysis, hypothesis generation and testing.
- Consideration of the key challenges of managing flowing water systems human dominated environments
Delivery Method: 5 day field course in Sheffield
Assessment Method: A written report (50% weighting), a poster (50% weighting).
Feedback: Students will receive feedback frequently during the Field Course and Presentations. Feedback will also be given through Peer Review at a Poster Session.