Designing a Project Based on Practical Methods in Marine and Terrestrial Mediterranean Biodiversity

Number of credits: 6 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) Price: 840 €
Price for UAB students*: 200 €
*Max. 5 places
Teaching Language: English Place: UAB Campus Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Barcelona

Teaching Period: 13 to 31July

Contact: summer@uab.cat

Professor: Ana Morton, Xavier Munill, Ona Font

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PROFESSOR BIO INFORMATION

Ana Morton, Ph.D., is professor in the Department of Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology at the Faculty of Biosciences in the UAB, teaching courses of Zoology and Biology and Diversity of Invertebrates Non Arthropoda and Field Sampling Methods. At present she is the Coordinator of the Master's degree in Terrestrial Ecology and Biodiversity Management. Her research focuses on biological control of insect pests and entomopathogenic nematodes. She is author of several papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

Xavier Munill teaches Marine Biology, Biology and Diversity of Invertebrates Non Arthropoda and Field Sampling Methods in the Faculty of Biosciences, at the Department of Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology, in the UAB. He also teaches Marine Biology at UVic. He is a Project Manager on different NGO´s, where has design and executed many different nature conservation projects. Actually he leads a project on environmental monitoring using Low Tech Low Cost DIY Open Source electronic devices.

Ona Font is associate professor in the Department of Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology at the Faculty of Biosciences in the UAB. She is a teacher of Biology and Diversity of Invertebrates Non Arthropoda, Zoology and Field Sampling Methods. She is a Project Manager on different NGO´s, where has design and executed different work camps and conservation projects. She has work at Barcelona Zoo as Zoo Keeper Specialist, managing different kind of fauna. Actually is involved on a project on environmental monitoring and divulgation.

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Contents overview


This course aims at introducing the student to the creative and conceptual process of the creation of a research project based on field sampling techniques (marine and terrestrial fieldwork). The specific objectives of this practical course are: to learn the process of creating a scientific project; to learn techniques of sampling in marine and terrestrial ecosystems; and, to acquire knowledge of marine and terrestrial biodiversity in the Mediterranean and to know the possible factors that condition them.

The course has a high practical content to explore the Mediterranean biodiversity that include trips to Costa Brava and work in the field. Therefore, student is required to have swimming skills and to bring adequate equipment for working in the sea and in the field (appropriate clothing and footwear).

Based on a fictitious project call, the student will learn the steps to follow to create a project. At the same time, student will conduct fieldwork and laboratory work/practices to analyze the processes of sampling, logistics and the expected potential results, in order to draft a project based on one of the study methodologies provided. Furthermore, student will learn concepts about habitats and biodiversity associated with the sampling performed during the course.

This course take place in four scenarios: in the classroom, in the field, in the laboratory and in the computer room. In the classroom, theoretical knowledge of terrestrial sampling and marine sampling associated to different organisms and habitats will be exposed, and the factors that regulate them will be introduced. In the field (both in marine and terrestrial ecosystems), the student will practice some sampling techniques to know different groups of organisms or habitats.

A special emphasis will be placed on analyzing the sampling process, logistics and the potential results, in order to design the project. In the laboratory, the samples obtained in the field will be analyzed, and again, student will deepen in the process, the logistics and the analysis of potential results. In the computer room, from the theoretical concepts and practical work (field and laboratory), students could search information to design and draft the project proposal. The project proposed by the student will be a free theme to in stimulate creativity, but it must satisfy the basis of the project call.

Week programme
 
Week Contents Teaching / learning activities
1  
a) How to prepare a Project proposal
b) The terrestrial fieldwork: what we have to know about sampling and about Mediterranean fauna.
c) Terrestrial field work: sampling Mediterranean terrestrial fauna
d) Laboratory work: terrestrial samples I   
 
Lecture presentation
Team work
Field practices in a terrestrial ecosystem
Laboratory work
Knowing Mediterranean terrestrial biodiversity 
2
e) Laboratory work: terrestrial samples II
f) The marine fieldwork: methods of sampling in the Mediterranean Sea and what fauna can be found. 
g) Marine field work I: sampling in Costa Brava coast
h) Laboratory work: marine samples I
i) Work in the project: design and information search 
 
Laboratory work
Field practices in the Mediterranean
Sea Knowing Mediterranean terrestrial and marine biodiversity Design of a project
Search of information Team work 
3       
j) Marine field work II: sampling in the coast of Mediterranean.
k) Laboratory work: marine samples II
l) Work in the project: development of the project proposal
m) Presentation of all project proposals
 
Field practices in the Mediterranean Sea
Knowing Mediterranean terrestrial and marine biodiversity Laboratory work
Small group activity and discussion about projects Presentations
Team work

Evaluation

 
  1. Individual/group exercises 30%
  2. Individual work 15 %
  3. Participation 10%
  4. Project presentation (oral group presentation) 45%

Links and references

Links and references Basic and advanced bibliography including books, articles and internet links.
 
  •  Ballesteros E., Llobet T., 2015. Marine Wildlife of the Mediterranean. Brau Edicions.
  • Barrientos J.A., 2004. Curso práctico de Entomología. Asociación Española de Entomología. CIBIO-UAB. Manuales de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
  • Chinery M., 1997. Guía de campo de los Insectos de España y Europa. Omega Ed.
  • Hickman Jr. C., Roberts L., Keen S., Larson A., I'Anson H., Eisenhour D., 2017. Integrated Principles of Zoology. McGraw Hill Ed. (18th edition).
  • Adena/World Wildlife Found: http://www.wwf.es/
  • Bridging the Gap: http://grupsderecerca.uab.cat/bioilogiamarina/ca
  • IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature): http://www.iucn.org/
  • IUCN Red List web site: http://www.iucnredlist.org/