An introduction discussing what seaweeds are and their ecology will be followed by presentations about species identification. There will be a session about the varied and important historical, present and potential uses of seaweeds. There will be a field meeting on the shore at South Queensferry.
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- identify a range of common species;
- understand how to set about identifying more complex species;
- show a better understanding of seashore ecology;
Introduction to Seaweeds
(Indicative timetable as day and time of field outing will depend on tide)
- What are seaweeds?
- Living in the seashore: environmental factors faced by marine algae.
- The uses of seaweeds: past, present and future
- Field outing to the shore at South Queensferry; Identification of red, brown and green seaweeds.
Illustrated Powerpoint presentations and discussions; field outing to South Queensferry.
Any field guide to the seashore (e.g. Collin’s, Hamlyn, etc)
For future reference:
Brodie, J., Maggs, CA & John, DM (2007). The Green Seaweeds of Britain and Ireland. British Phycological Society, London.
Morrell & Roberts (2000) Common Seaweeds. [Fold-out chart] FSC.
Hardy, F G & Guiry, M D R (2003). A Check-list and Atlas of the Seaweeds of Britain and Ireland. BPS.
Thomas, D (2002). Seaweeds. London: Natural History Museum.
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