Online-Course: Field Techniques for Surveying Fish & Amphibians

The University of Oxford, UK, offers a field techniques course providing in-depth training in fish and amphibian surveying and sampling from initial considerations through to methods and techniques, sampling strategies and reporting. It covers a wide range of fish survey techniques for use in marine and freshwater environments including netting, trapping, electrofishing, and egg estimates. For amphibians, the course covers observational techniques, netting and trapping, and calls.

As a part-time course taught online, Field Techniques for Surveying Fish and Amphibians is ideal for professional ecological consultants, environmental managers and rangers, research and postgraduate students, and volunteers that are seeking flexible study combined with expert training. The course can be taken from anywhere in the world and is international in its use of case studies and examples. Past students on the Ecological Survey Techniques programme have joined us from the UK, the USA, Australia, Africa and Europe.

 Programme details:

  1. Introduction to fish (marine and freshwater): Diversity of fish and associated survey challenges; Why do ecologists and managers need to survey fish?
  2. Planning a fish survey: Considerations & practicalities to take into account when conducting a survey; How life history, seasonality, habitat and geographical location influence the survey protocol; Scope & wider context of the survey; Step by step planning
  3. Protocols, sampling & data: Licencing, permits & husbandry; Sampling & protocols; Organising, recording & storing data; Data analysis & presentation of results
  4. Fish survey methods 1: Observations: Tagging, bank-side or shore counts; Underwater Visual Census; Hydroacoustics; Advantages and disadvantages of each
  5. Fish survey methods 2: Netting & trapping: Seine nets; Trawl nets; Hand nets, throw nets & push nets; Gill nets & trammel nets (Set nets); Traps; Advantages and disadvantages of each
  6. Fish survey methods 3: Electrofishing, hook & line, and egg estimates; advantages and disadvantages of each method
  7. Introduction to amphibians: Diversity of amphibians and how their unique defining features affect survey design; Why ecologists and managers need to survey amphibians; Amphibian declines and conservation
  8. Amphibian survey: planning & protocols: Permits & licenses; Handling amphibians; Protocols & sampling- invited Topic by Dr Steve Green, Operation Wallacea and DICE
  9. Amphibian survey methods 1: Commoner observational and visual methods: Tagging & identification of individuals; Scan searching & egg surveys; Transect & patch sampling
  10. Amphibian survey methods 2: Netting & trapping: Drift fencing; Nets & traps; Removal studies & calls

Dates: 23th March – 27th April 2016

Application and enrolment deadline: 09 March 2016

Student Rate: £310.00

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