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Introduction to Seaweeds

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Course Summary

An introduction discussing what seaweeds are and their ecology will be followed by presentations about species identification. There will be a session about the varied and important historical, present and potential uses of seaweeds. There will be a field meeting on the shore at South Queensferry.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No previous knowledge of the subject is assumed.

Content of Course

(Indicative timetable as day and time of field outing will depends on tide)

Day 1:

  1. What are seaweeds?
  2. Living in the seashore: environmental factors faced by marine algae.
  3. The uses of seaweeds: past, present and future

Day 2:  Field outing to the shore at South Queensferry; Identification of red, brown and green seaweeds.

Teaching method(s)

Illustrated Powerpoint presentations and discussions; field outing to South Queensferry.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. identify a range of common species;
  2. understand how to set about identifying more complex species;
  3. show a better  understanding of seashore ecology;


Core Readings


Any field guide to the seashore (e.g. Collin’s, Hamlyn, etc)

For future reference:

Brodie, J., Maggs, CA & John, DM (2007). The Green Seaweeds of Britain and Ireland. British Phycological Society, London.

Morrell & Roberts (2000) Common Seaweeds. [Fold-out chart] FSC.

Hardy, F G & Guiry, M D R (2003). A Check-list and Atlas of the Seaweeds of Britain and Ireland. BPS.

Thomas, D (2002). Seaweeds. London: Natural History Museum.

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