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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Marine Plankton

  • Location: Millport
  • Tutor: Tom Stevenson
  • Dates: Friday 24 May 2019 to Monday 27 May 2019
  • Times: 05:00 PM - 09:30 AM
  • Level: Open for Everyone

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here

Forming a key pillar of the marine food web, plankton is an essential and fascinating element of marine eco-systems. This course will introduce aspects of the biology and ecology of both zooplankton and phytoplankton, and include practical identification sessions of live plankton. There will also be a plankton sampling session from our research vessel (weather permitting) in the Firth of Clyde.

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.

Extra nights

If you are interested in staying at the Centre for additional nights, before or after the course, please contact the Centre for availability and costs which start from £25 for B&B, or £40 full board (we can confirm B&B availability 4 weeks prior to the course). Sunday rate £35.

Partner Rate

For those paying the sole occupancy price, we are offering our guests a special rate for those who would like a twin room for them and their partner not enrolled on an FSC course, at £35 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.


After completing his studies at the University of Manchester and subsequently at King’s College London, Tom began working in 1989 as a research assistant at the University Marine Biological Station on the Isle of Cumbrae, now reincarnated and rejuvenated as the Field Studies Council (Millport) Centre. Involvement in a wide variety of research projects and programmes, in subjects including aquaculture, fisheries management, power station antifouling strategies, seabed mapping and organism ecology and physiology has given him a broad knowledge of a wide range of marine biological techniques and issues. Tom’s long involvement with ship-borne operations has continued at FSC Millport, now with RV Actinia, an 11m catamaran purpose-built for marine teaching.

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