GEOG0122 Biological Indicators of Environmental Change

Academic Year
2019/20

People
Jones V, Holmes, Thornalley, Tzedakis, Sayer

Credits
15

Programme Year Running
MSc

Programme Term Running
2

Available to Affiliate Students
No

Available to External Students
No

Brief Course Description
A hands on, microscope-based course, which introduces students to biological remains that we find in sediments. Students will learn how to identify a range of fossils and their uses in inferring past environments

Course Aims
- to introduce students to the range of biological indicators used for determining environmental change
- to provide students with practical skills in the identification of biological indicators of environmental change

Course Content
The course aims to cover the variety of biological indicators used in both present-day aquatic ecosystem monitoring and in assessing past conditions using a palaeoecological approach.

A selection from the following biological indicators are covered:
- diatoms
- pollen
- plant macrofossils
- chironomids
- ostracods
- foraminifera

Method of Teaching / Format
The course is based upon a 5 hr combined lecture and practical class which enables us to integrate the lectures and the practicals

Form of Assessment
Laboratory book from weekly (10) practical exercises (100%)

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course students should:
- understand how to classify and identify a range of biological materials.
- have an experience of a range of microscopical techniques
- have an understanding of how biological proxies are used for aquatic monitoring and environmental reconstruction
- appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of different biological indicators of environmental change


Last Updated: Tue 26 Feb 2019