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Freshwater Algae 7th – 14th June 2013 (Friday - Friday) Led by Eileen Cox and Elliot Shubert Level: Intermediate
Kindrogan Field Studies Centre Enochdhu, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH10 7PG Tel: 01250 870150, Fax: 01250 881433 Email: [email protected] , Web site: www.field-studies-council.org/kindrogan The Field Studies Council (FSC) is an environmental education charity committed to helping people explore, understand and be inspired by the natural world. Each year over 100,000 people experience the FSC through visits to our network of 17 Centres
Course outline: The area around Kindrogan provides a diversity of habitats for freshwater and sub-aerial algae, offering many opportunities to learn about this fascinating and ecologically important group of plants. We shall take full advantage of this excellent range of local aquatic and terrestrial habitats in this beautiful area of Highland Perthshire to provide a sound introduction to the recognition, identification and ecology of freshwater algae. Emphasis will be placed on the use of the microscope and taxonomic keys for the identification of algae to generic and species level, But also broader aspects of algal morphology, structure, reproduction, and classification (morphological and molecular) will be covered. We normally see live examples of all major algal groups, including freshwater reds and browns. For those with some prior experience of the algae, we hope that the opportunity to study samples from a range of habitats will broaden your knowledge and/or allow you to focus on particular groups. Field trips, on foot or by road, will be varied, but not strenuous and will be complemented by laboratory work, illustrated talks and class discussion. Your tutors: Eileen Cox is Head of Post Graduate Studies at the Natural History Museum, London, with an extensive research background and a particular interest in the taxonomy and ecology of diatoms. She has published over 100 scientific papers and completed a key to the identification of live diatoms. She has run a number of courses and workshops on algae with particular emphasis on algal diversity and the identification of genera and species. Eileen is currently an Associate Editor for Diatom Research, on the Editorial Board of Fottea, Leader of the Working Group on Diatom Terminology and Co-Editor of two special volumes on Ecology of Springs and of a book on Long-term Ecosystem Study of the Breitenbach. Elliot Shubert is Editor-in-Chief of Systematics and Biodiversity and Associate Editor of the European Journal of Phycology at the Natural History Museum, London. His research interests are phenotypic plasticity, gene expression and cell wall chemistry in the freshwater green alga, Desmodesmus. Previously, he was Professor of Biology at the University of North Dakota USA for 21 years where he taught undergraduate and post-graduate courses on algae. He has published over 30 research articles, and he is contributing a revised chapter on “Nonmotile coccoid and colonial green algae” for the 2nd edition of “Freshwater Algae of North America”. Elliot is Treasurer of the Federation of European Phycological Societies (FEPS), Co-Chair of the Local organising
Committee for the European Phycological Congress (EPC6) to be held in London in 2015 and a member of the British Phycological Society Council. Guest Lecturer: Geoff Codd is Professor Emeritus at the University of Dundee. He is a recognised world expert on cyanobacterial toxins and he is widely sought as an invited speaker for international scientific meetings. Guest Tutor: Dr Laurence Carvalho, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, will give a presentation on the EU Water Framework Directive with special reference to lakes and will describe their counting methods.
Breakfast Lecture, laboratory work (with coffee break) Lunch Laboratory work and discussion (with tea break) Dinner Laboratory work, informal presentations Bar open
Provisional program Evening : Briefing about Kindrogan Field Centre; general introduction about the course and get-to-know session.
Morning : Introduction to the algae (Elliot). Familiarisation with microscopes, collecting from Kindrogan Pond, how to identify algae and the use of keys (Eileen) Morning : Diatoms (Eileen), algal identification
Afternoon : Algal identification and using taxonomic keys
Evening : Algal identification.
Afternoon : Collecting from the River Ardle, algal identification.
Morning : Unicellular, colonial and filamentous green algae and Afternoon : Algal cyanobacteria (Elliot), algal identification identification. Morning and afternoon: Collecting trip to Loch Tummel, Tummel River, Loch Rannoch, Lochan an Daim, Loch Kinardochy; visit to Dewar’s distillery (Aberfeldy) and brief shopping/comfort stop in Pitlochry.
Evening : Guest Lecture on Cyanobacteria, Prof Geoff Codd, Univ. of Dundee Evening : Algal identification / Informal presentations
Morning : Phytoplankton – ID and Wednesday counting techniques (Dr Laurence Carvalho), algal identification
Morning : Other non-green eukaryotic algae (Eileen)
Afternoon : Algal identification, general discussion and summary of finding; course evaluation
Evening Clean up laboratory, pack up microscopes and books; algal charades in the bar.
Suggested equipment to bring with you: Lunch Box, vacuum flask Rucksack Polythene bags & screw cap vials for collecting Permanent marking pen Notebook Stout penknife (for scraping rocks, bark, etc.) Plenty of spare warm clothing You may feel like walking in the centre grounds or on many of the local walks whilst you are here and it may be a good idea to bring with you Wellingtons and/or walking boots, waterproof clothing. ** We have wellingtons and waterproofs available for hire at the centre.
Booking Procedure: To book a place on this course, please complete the booking form and send it together with a deposit of £50.00 (cheque payable to Field Studies Council). Provisional bookings should be made by telephone. Payment of the balance of the course fee will be 30 days before the beginning of the course. Cancellation after this date may leave the customer liable for the full amount – a condition which is accepted when the booking is confirmed. It is highly recommended that all visitors have adequate insurance cover at all times and Field Studies Council now have an agreement in place with Zurich Insurance plc who have arranged a blanket insurance policy for all FSC course participants, the details of this will be sent to you upon booking.
Course Fees & What’s Included : Resident £490 Sole Occupancy or £420 Shared Accommodation. Non Resident £315 (everything except bed and breakfast) Full professional tuition, full board accommodation including cooked breakfast, packed lunch, Tea/Coffee, homemade cakes and an evening meal. Vegetarian and other dietary options are catered for. Transport to all field sites, where required, from supper on 7th until after breakfast on the 14th June. Transport – Any excursions during the trip will be made in either the Centre vehicles or private cars. The cost of this is included in the fee. For anyone who kindly uses their own vehicle for the course excursions will be reimbursed for petrol costs at a set rate. Arrival and Departure Times – Resident and Non-resident visitors are requested to arrive at the centre before 7pm on the 7th and report to reception. Evening meal will be served at 7.30pm and after a brief welcome to Kindrogan the evening will be free. Tuition will end on the evening of the 13th with departure after breakfast on the 14th. If you would like to extend your visit we can offer accommodation on a Bed and Breakfast or Dinner Bed and Breakfast basis, please contact the office on 01250 870150 to check on availability prior to your visit. Your room at Kindrogan
We have a limited number of en-suite rooms in the main house for single/ shared occupancy, these are subject to availability at the time of the course . We can offer twin rooms also for single / shared occupancy with shared toilets and showers in our Steading accommodation. We can also offer a single room with shared toilets and showers at a discounted rate in our Ardle accommodation.