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Marine invasive species identification workshop

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This two-day course introduces you to a range of invasive species found in UK waters and the various options that exist for the management and control of these species.

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Presentations and practical hands-on experience in the field collection of specimens are included, alongside the use of microscopes and taxonomic keys for species identification.  Highly invasive species that are already in UK waters, and those thought to be 'high risk' but not yet present receive particular attention.   

The course is particularly relevant if you work in the marine environment, for example environment agencies, consultancies, the aquaculture industry, offshore renewables sector, ports and harbour authorities, undergraduate or post-graduate marine science and ecology students and any other interested parties.

What you’ll learn on the Marine Invasive Species Workshop:

Day 1 (4th October)

  • Definition of ‘invasive species’
  • Economic, environmental and societal impacts
  • Pathways of transmission
  • Techniques for field collection and rapid surveys

 

Day 2 (5th October)

  • Risk assessment for species and pathways
  • Eradication and control methods
  • Identification of invasive species
  • Overview of existing policies for dealing with the new arrival of a marine invasive species.

 

The course is led by Dr Liz Cook; a biologist involved in national research for the NERC Oceans 2025 project and Marine Aliens programme to determine the invasibility of marine systems and any associated impacts for our global ecosystems.

 

This course is always popular due to the experience gained from field collection and laboratory time, so please book early to avoid disappointment.  It’s particularly relevant if you work in aquaculture, marine renewables, marine science or any other marine environmental sector.  



Course leader: Dr Liz Cook

Course fee: £325 (plus VAT at the prevailing rate) including lectures, field trip, microscope tuition, notes, id guides and lunch on both days.  The course begins with lunch and registration at 12.30 on Thursday 4th October and will finish at 16.30 on Friday 5th October. (Please bring a clean lab coat with you for the practical sessions.)
You may want to arrange overnight accommodation in Oban if required.  (This is not included in the course fee.)

Course location: SAMS, Oban PA37 1QA

Reserve Your Place on our Marine Invasive Species Workshop here, email SAMSCourses@sams.ac.uk or call 01631 559430

SAMS runs a number of short courses in topics including Ecosystem based Management using Ecopath with Ecosim, Algae research and Mapping and Arc GIS Training.  For further details, please visit www.sams.ac.uk/education/short-courses, email SAMSCourses@sams.ac.uk or call 01631 559430

Instructors:

Dr Liz Cook is a specialist researcher in the field of invasive species; particularly as they relate to climate change, aquaculture, hull fouling and the marine renewables industry.  Her current projects include studies for the Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum, the EU, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, SuperGen and Oceans 2025.  Dr Cook is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a committee member of the Scottish Government’s working group on Invasive non-native species and editor for the online journal Aquatic InvasionsFind out more about Dr Liz Cook

What Is The Ecology Department?
Ecology at SAMS is particularly concerned with the responses of individuals and communities to the environmental changes caused by human activities and our changing climate. Their research projects are focused in areas thought to be particularly sensitive to changing climate and/or alterations of global circulation processes.  Current research includes major pan-European projects such as KnowSeas, BioMara and the NERC Core Programme Oceans 2025.

Reserve Your Place on our Marine Invasive Species Workshop here, email SAMSCourses@sams.ac.uk or call 01631 559430

SAMS runs a number of short courses in topics including Ecosystem based Management using Ecopath with Ecosim, Algae research and Mapping and Arc GIS Training.  For further details, please visit www.sams.ac.uk/education/short-courses, email SAMSCourses@sams.ac.uk or call 01631 559430




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