First Sub Session
Students will build on their knowledge of basic ecological theory with a more detailed approach to modelling required to help our understanding of population dynamics. These models will be considered for their value in setting appropriate management prescriptions for animal and plant populations to achieve objectives for conservation or sustainable use. Students will apply theory learned in lectures and recordings to a series of field- and computer-based exercises. The course will provide the students with valuable analytical skills and an in-depth knowledge and understanding of population dynamics.
Second Sub Session
The field course is non-residential and involves day trips from Aberdeen to local sites. You will learn about and practice a range of methodologies, approaches and techniques used by ecological consultants and people working for conservation organisations to determine the presence/absence of various animal species, estimates of population size and mapping vegetation. Techniques will include: Phase 1 Habitat Survey (plants), creating a habitat map using GIS, bird identification and census techniques, freshwater invertebrate sampling, surveys of mammal populations (e.g. bats, badgers, otters, red squirrels) and camera trapping.
Please note that the information provided is subject to change due to the ongoing Covid-19 government guidelines
This course will run from 11- 20 May in 2022