loggerhead turtleSynopsis:

The module focuses on the diversity, behaviour, ecology, physiology, conservation and management of cetaceans (whales and dolphins), seals and marine turtles. It covers such issues as the life history and migrations of turtles, the diving ability and behaviour of seals, the social behaviour of dolphins, and the conservation of whales. It also includes (even though they are not mammals or reptiles!) a brief look at the sea-birds and basking shark that will likely also be seen during field excursions. For part of the module you will be taught at the Field Studies Centre (formerly the Millport Marine Station) on the Isle of Cumbrae, with boat trips on board the Marine Station’s research vessels in the Firth of Clyde, and further days of boat trips (on whale watching boats) off the west coast of Scotland, while based on the Isle of Mull. There will be extra lecture material given by evolutionary specialists back at QMUL.

Due to the nature of the fieldwork on this module, and in the interests of ensuring student safety at all times, this elective module might not be suitable for students with certain medical conditions.  Any student who is interested in applying for this module but who has a medical condition (including mental health conditions) which might affect their ability to work safely in the field should contact the SBCS Student Support Officer, Shaheda Batha, who will consult the Module Organiser and any other relevant parties (e.g. colleagues in DDS) regarding any additional support required to enable your participation in the module.  Given the need to arrange travel, accommodation and/or visas for this module, students are encouraged to contact Shaheda at the earliest possible opportunity.  If it is not possible to make suitable adjustments and accommodations such that a student can safely meet the learning outcomes defined for this module, it might be necessary and appropriate for them to choose an alternative elective module.