Aims/Description: Field research is an essential component of the biological sciences. Students will work in one of the world's major ecosystem types for example the Arctic, Mediterranean or urban ecosystems. Students will explore the different habitats of the focal ecosystem, and learn how to: i) identify key elements of the flora and/or fauna, ii) conduct ecological studies giving appropriate consideration to ecological research methods and experimental design, including survey site selection, replication, and survey sampling approaches. Students will conduct a series of field exercises and mini-research projects with guidance from teaching staff.

Restrictions on availability: For some of the locations, students will need to pay for transport and accommodation costs, but a no-cost option will be available.

Staff Contact: EDWARDS DAVID
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Fieldwork, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Practical skills assessment, Presentation

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Animal and Plant Sciences):

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