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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Freshwater Algae

  • Location: Kindrogan
  • Tutor: Eileen Cox and Elliot Shubert
  • Dates: Monday 01 July 2019 to Monday 08 July 2019
  • Times: 04:00 PM - 09:30 AM
  • Level: Intermediate
  • NON-RESIDENT: £391

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This course is in its 22nd year and the area around Kindrogan provides a diversity of habitats for freshwater and sub-aerial algae, offering many opportunities to learn about this fascinating and ecologically important group of organisms. We shall take full advantage of this excellent range of local aquatic and terrestrial habitats in this beautiful area of Highland Perthshire to provide a sound introduction to the recognition, identification and ecology of freshwater algae. Emphasis will be placed on the use of the microscope and taxonomic keys for the identification of algae to generic and species level, but ecological considerations will not be ignored. For those with some prior experience of the algae, we hope that the opportunity to study samples from a range of habitats will broaden their knowledge and/or allow them to focus on particular groups. Field trips, on foot or by road, will be varied, but not strenuous and will be complemented by laboratory work, illustrated talks and class discussion. The course focuses on how to become familiar with the major algal groups and get to grips with identification, while providing an overview of algal morphology, structure, reproduction, and classification (morphological and molecular).

Marine Biological Association (MBA) Members and Marine Conservation Society Members - 10% discount 

If you are a Member of the MBA or the MCS you can enjoy a 10% discount on this course.

Please use the appropriate voucher code at the checkout:

MBA Members - MBA10

MCS Members - MCS10

You will be asked for proof of membership before we take the money.

Eileen Cox is Head of Post Graduate Studies at the Natural History Museum, London, with an extensive research background and a particular interest in the taxonomy and ecology of diatoms. She has published over 100 scientific papers and completed a key to the identification of live diatoms. She has run a number of courses and workshops on algae with particular emphasis on algal diversity and the identification of genera and species. Eileen is currently Editor for Diatom Research, on the Editorial Board of Fottea, Leader of the Working Group on Diatom Terminology and Co-Editor of two special volumes on Ecology of Springs and of a book on Long-term Ecosystem Study of the Breitenbach. Elliot Shubert is Editor-in-Chief of Systematics and Biodiversity at the Natural History Museum, London. His research interests are phenotypic plasticity, gene expression and cell wall chemistry in the freshwater green alga, Desmodesmus. Previously, he was Professor of Biology at the University of North Dakota USA for 21 years where he taught undergraduate and post-graduate courses on algae. He has published over 40 research articles, and has produced a revised chapter on “Nonmotile coccoid and colonial green algae” for the 2nd edition of “Freshwater Algae of North America”. Elliot is Treasurer of the Federation of European Phycological Societies (FEPS) and was Co-Chair of the Local organising Committee for the 6th European Phycological Congress (EPC6) that was held in London in August, 2015.

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