Introduction to Seaweeds

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:

  1. identify a range of common species;
  2. understand how to set about identifying more complex species;
  3. show a better  understanding of seashore ecology;

Introduction to Seaweeds

Room G38, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Road and South Queensferry
Start date
Duration
2 days
Day(s) and Times(s)
Day 1: Wed 26 July, 10.00am – 3.00pm (Paterson’s Land) // Day 2: Thu 27 July, 10.00am – 2.00pm (South Queensferry)
Subject Area
Tutor
Gavin Hardy
Price
£65.00
Address
Room G38, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Road and South Queensferry
Time of Day
Daytime

(Indicative timetable as day and time of field outing will depend on tide)

Day 1:

  • What are seaweeds?
  • Living in the seashore: environmental factors faced by marine algae.
  • The uses of seaweeds: past, present and future

Day 2:  

  • 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.

Recommended:

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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