Oceanlab is committed to providing innovative teaching in the Biology, Marine Biology and Zoology degree programmes. Oceanlab is a field station and offers an ideal base in which to study the surrounding Ythan Estuary and Forvie National Nature Reserve. It also houses a sizeable, well-equipped seminar room and self-catering facilities to support such trips, whether they are large undergraduate field trips or individual project placements.

The following courses include significant contributions from staff at Oceanlab, where '1' indicates the course is coordinated by Oceanlab staff and '2' indicates where field trips to Oceanlab are included.

  • Oceans and Society (SX1015)1
  • Ocean Biology (BI25Z4)1
  • Zoology Field Course [Biodiversity option] (BI29Z3)2
  • Marine Ecology and Ecosystems (ZO3306)1,2
  • Animal Population Ecology (ZO3307)1
  • Coastal and Benthic Ecology (ZO4818)1
  • Sustainable Aquaculture (ZO4811)
  • Deep-Sea Environments (ZO4515)1,2

Many of these courses are based on the main campus but many of them offer opportunities to visit and work at Oceanlab and learn more about our research. For example, one of the options for the Zoology Field Course in Level 2 (BI29Z3) is the 'Biodiversity Field Course'. This comprises of two intensive days at Oceanlab and the surrounding nature reserve and four days at the Lighthouse Field Station, Cromarty. Likewise, in Level 3 Marine Ecology and Ecosystems (ZO3306) there is a day of field work based in Oceanlab and surrounding Ythan Estuary. Included in Deep-Sea Environments (ZO4515) is an all day deep-sea practical held in Oceanlab.

In Level 4 there are also lots of opportunities for Oceanlab based Honours Projects, SBS Honours Project (BI4016) as well as spending time in the lab to write the SBS Honours Essay (BI4017).

During summer holidays, subject to availability, Oceanlab often take on undergraduate volunteers to work in the lab to strengthen their CV and learn new skills. On occasion, undergraduate students have had the opportunity to participate in sea-going research cruises.

Recently graduated Ryan Eustace (Class of 2014) on the deck of the RV Kaharoa in the Southwest Pacific Ocean helping to deploy deep sea equipment to one of the deepest places on Earth (2013). 2nd year Undergraduate  Michael Parfitt during a voluntary internship at Oceanlab helping  to prepare deep sea vehicles for going to sea.
Recently graduated Ryan Eustace (Class of 2014) on the deck of the RV Kaharoa in the Southwest Pacific Ocean helping to deploy deep sea equipment to one of the deepest places on Earth (2013). 2nd year Undergraduate Michael Parfitt during a voluntary internship at Oceanlab helping to prepare deep sea vehicles for going to sea.
Students out on the Ythan Estuary mud flats collecting samples Students in the seminar room examining sediment core samples
Field Studies based out of Oceanlab
Students out on the Ythan Estuary mudflats collecting samples

 

Students in the Seminar Room examining sediment core samples


MSc students in either taught or research programmes also have the opportunity to conduct independent research projects at Oceanlab (MSc/MRes Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology and MSc/MRes Ecology and Environmental Sustainability).