APS350 Marine Ecology Field Course

Level 3
Semester 1 (Summer Vacation)
Credits 10
Restrictions Only available to Animal and Plant Sciences students
Teaching Staff Dr Bethan Hindle, Dr Millie Mockford, Dr Tom Webb
Co-ordinator Dr Millie Mockford


This module covers the marine intertidal ecosystem. Key ecological and species-interactive processes are examined, including a comparison of the variation of habitats that span the intertidal region of the North Wales coastline and identification of the common species that inhabit this ecosystem. A key feature of the module is a hypothesis-based independent/group experimental research project, covering the majority of a 6-day course in the Rhoscolyn region of Anglesey, North Wales. Students are required to do some preparatory work before the module on group presentations for the benefit of the class at the start of the course. Full information is given before the course.

Aims and Objectives

This unit aims to provide students with a detailed knowledge of the Marine Intertidal ecosystem, its environment (physical and biological) and the key ecological factors that shape Marine intertidal structure. By the end of the unit, a candidate will be able to:
• Understand zonation and habitat shifts within the intertidal region of the rocky and exposed shoreline.
• Demonstrate the ability to confidently identify the key species that inhabit the marine intertidal region, utilising identification keys to distinguish closely related species.
• Understand the key ecological processes, including species interactions of the marine intertidal.
• Have gained practical experience in undertaking independent research work in marine intertidal region and have completed a small independent study
• Be able to communicate their findings in the form of a scientific paper.
• Be able to deliver an oral presentation of their research findings and background.

Delivery Method: 6 Day Field Course (including approximately ~50 contact hours)

Assessment Method:  Report,  Field Work and  Presentation

Assessment Weighting: 85% Report, 10% Field Work and 5% Presentation

TurnItIn Submission: None

Feedback: Students will receive feedback frequently during the Field Course and written feedback will be available on your Field Course Write Up.