Short Course: Introduction to Plankton
Plankton are amazing life forms, which spend their lives adrift on ocean currents. They play vital roles in marine food webs and how the planet functions, and are incredibly diverse and beautiful. It is easy to collect and observe plankton from the shore in the UK with some relatively inexpensive equipment. Join us for a weekend of learning about and studying these amazing organisms here in Plymouth.
Course Tutor: Dr Dave Conway is an Associate Fellow at the Marine Biological Association and has been involved in a wide variety of plankton research for over 50 years. He has written identification guides to both European and Indian Ocean zooplankton and has organised or helped in many plankton training courses, both in the UK and internationally.
Description of Course: A two day series of talks and practical sessions for non-specialists, aimed at giving a very broad introduction to the wide range of amazing planktonic organisms that can be sampled by towing a fine-mesh net through the sea, their identification, biology, distribution and importance in the global ecosystem.
Areas to be covered include: the variety of sampling equipment used and why we sample plankton; collection of live material; microscopic examination and identification of live and preserved material; sub-sampling and counting of organisms, including automatic counting methods; literature and identification guides; developmental and larval stages; seasonality and production; distribution and biodiversity; feeding and behaviour; economic importance; poisonous and venomous organisms; alien species and parasites; photography; satellite imagery; genetical and biochemical analysis; the Plymouth Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey.
Who Should Attend? This two-day course caters for those interested in plankton at beginner level but welcomes more experienced naturalists. Also suitable for teachers and marine educators wishing to incorporate plankton in their lessons and activities.
What is Included? The course fee includes course materials, parking at the laboratory, packed lunch and tea and coffee throughout. By paying to participate in this course, you will be supporting the wider educational work of the Marine Biological Association.
MBA members recieve a generous discount on all MBA organised training courses. If you are not already a member, you can join here before registering to receive a discounted rate.
Refund Policy: Cancelations received 10 days or more before the event will be refunded in full. Cancelations after this time will be refunded if the place on the course can be filled, otherwise the following will apply: 10 - 5 days before the event will receive a 50% refund on the total course cost and cancelations received within five days of the event will not automatically be entitled to a refund.
Nearby Accomodation: A small number of nearby accomodation suggestions can be found here: http://www.mba.ac.uk/contact-us