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BI35F3: MEDITERRANEAN MARINE BIOLOGY FIELD COURSE (2021-2022)

Last modified: 15 Nov 2021 16:10


Course Overview

  • Students gain practical skills in qualitative and quantitative surveys, and the identification of marine and estuarine plants, algae, fish and invertebrates.
  • Understanding of shallow-water, coastal and estuarine marine biodiversity is enhanced by hands-on activities in the field and lab.
  • There is also an element of Mediterranean fisheries biology and the marine environmental impacts of fisheries.
  • Students gain confidence, build team-working and problem-solving skills by participating in this residential field course.
  • The international context of the course fosters foreign language skills and an increased awareness of cultural diversity.
  • The course involves several days of snorkeling-based activities. Even though participation in snorkeling is not mandatory, students will benefit much more from the course if they do participate.

In 2021/22 this course will run from 26th May - 2nd June 2022.

Please note that the information provided is subject to change due to the ongoing Covid-19 government guidelines.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Frithjof C. Kuepper
  • Dr Paul George Fernandes

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of BSc Biology or BSc Conservation Biology or BSc Zoology or BSc Animal Ecology or BSc Marine Biology or BSc Animal Behaviour or BSc Behavioural Biology or MSci Biological Sciences or BSc Biological Sciences (Honours) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences or Bachelor Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management or BSc Ecology or BSc Forestry or BSc Forest Sciences or BSc Environmental Science
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

In this course students develop an understanding of the shallow-water and coastal marine biodiversity of the Mediterranean, with implications for applications (e.g. fisheries, conservation, marine carbon sequestration). The course comprises one full week of residential activity (5-6 days), with a weekend in between or afterwards for self-arranged excursions / activities. The venue is the INALE Fisheries Research Institute in Nea Peramos near Kavala on the northern Greek mainland. Inshore habitats include sandy and rocky benthos / shores, cliffs, seagrasss meadows, Cystoseira climax communities, sea caves, salt marshes, coastal lagoons and a large estuary (the Nestos Delta).

Students will gain practical skills in qualitative and quantitative surveys, in identifying marine and estuarine plants / algae and invertebrates, as well as field ecology. There is also an emphasis on fisheries biology with on-site visits of fishing vessels and fish markets.

The course involves several days of snorkeling-based activities. Even though participation in snorkeling is not mandatory, students will benefit much more from the course if they do participate.

Associated Costs

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The above cost does not include travel, but it does include accommodation and breakfast. Students are required to book their own flights to attend the course, but must not do so until their place has been confirmed on the course. Accommodation will be organized by the course coordinators. Likewise, taverns in Nea Peramos and Kavala offer excellent value for money, at much lower cost than in the UK and, indeed, most of Europe. GBP 550.00

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 3 Field Courses during University week43
  • 5 Field Courses during University week44

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Oral Presentation: Group

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Learning Outcomes
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Field Trip Log

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 55
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Students will receive individual and group feedback on each assessment (report) and will receive informal, verbal feedback during practical sessions and field visits.

Learning Outcomes
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Graphical abstract

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 15
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Students will receive individual and group feedback on each assessment and will receive informal, verbal feedback during practical sessions and field visits.

Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

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