Full course description
This course is designed for budding marine biologists with a special emphasis on the seas around Ireland. I want you to able to explore the things we discuss in class! The course will begin with a general introduction to the ocean including, its currents, zones, tides and water composition. The remainder of the class will focus on ocean organisms with an emphasis on their adaptations and behavior. Maybe you would like to explore the beach with your kids and tell them about the creatures that you find there. Or perhaps you want to know more about the whales and dolphins than can be seen in the seas around Ireland. In this course we will explore everything from creatures that lurk in the deepest trenches to the seaweed that washes ashore on the beach. After this class you should be able to tell your kids what a blobfish is, describe why whales are able to float and discuss with your colleagues how likely it is that you will be attacked by a shark in Ireland and most importantly what you can do to protect our oceans! I love the ocean, and I want to share my curiosity, passion and enthusiasm for the seas that surround us with you.
Classes will be delivered online on Mondays 7-9pm for six weeks from 25 January to 1 March.
Dr Courtney Collins is a postdoctoral researcher at UCC. Courtney is a zoologist and her areas of interest include zoo research, human-animal interactions, marine biology and animal behaviour. Courtney has over 15 years of experience teaching children science inside and outside the classroom. She also gives lectures in animal behaviour at third level and supervises several undergraduate research students. Courtney lives by the ocean and is passionate about protecting the sea, raising biodiversity awareness and educating others about conserving the natural world.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old at course commencement.
Short courses are not assessed. Students will receive a UCC Certificate of Attendance upon completion.
Closing Date for Application
Monday 18 January
Contact Details for Further Information
Regina Sexton, Phone: 021-4904700, Email: email@example.com