This master degree summer course is a hands-on introduction to marine plants with an emphasis on seaweeds. It trains you to recognise and identify the typical marine algae in various coastal habitats. The organisms are studied in their environment during field trips, and also in vivo back at the laboratory. These studies form the foundation from which the main issues in the systematics, biology, ecology and evolution of marine flora are addressed.
The course is composed of multiple different aspects, which include:
Fieldwork: Five field trips will be conducted over the course of the school, the locations of which will all be located within a 40 km radius of Roscoff. Some samples from pelagic and subtidal environments are taken during an outing on one of the SBR's vessels when possible.
Practical coursework: Observation of sampled species under a dissecting microscope or optical microscope to study the biological and taxonomic criteria presented during lectures. Each student will be supplied with both a microscope and a dissecting microscope throughout the entirety of the course.
Exercises: Students will have access to specialised works and teaching documents designed for the course to identify the species collected during field trips. Access to online tools will also be available.
Lectures: These will cover a large number of topics, with some including morphology, anatomy, reproduction and ecology.
Projects: Collaborative work is needed to produce a list of native or introduced species that grow in artificial habitats of Roscoff.
Organised by the Station Biologique de Roscoff, the course offers access to a wide range of habitats: rocky to sandy, muddy substrates, exposed to shelter shores, etc. There will be a special rate for students at the course, with a €50 registration fee. For professionals, the course will cost €900.